- to hold or make fast to something, as with a grapple.
- to use a grapple.
- to seize another, or each other, in a firm grip, as in wrestling; clinch.
- to engage in a struggle or close encounter (usually followed by with): He was grappling with a boy twice his size.
- to try to overcome or deal (usually followed by with): to grapple with a problem.
- to seize, hold, or fasten with or as with a grapple.
- to seize in a grip, take hold of: The thug grappled him around the neck.
- a hook or an iron instrument by which one thing, as a ship, fastens onto another; grapnel.
- a seizing or gripping.
- a grip or close hold in wrestling or hand-to-hand fighting.
- a close, hand-to-hand fight.
Origin of grapple
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Examples from the Web for grappler
I saw it strike the cable steamship Grappler broadside on and capsize her.The San Francisco Calamity
I was at Plymouth dreading to hear of him; he sent in letters, but the Grappler was under orders for Portsmouth.Persuasion
At six, A.M., December 30th, all was in readiness for the Grappler to leave the harbour.Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849
William O. S. Gilly
When Timéa looked out of the cabin window, she only saw that Timar stood at the bow with a grappler in his hand.Timar's Two Worlds
- to come to grips with (one or more persons), esp to struggle in hand-to-hand combat
- (intr foll by with) to cope or contendto grapple with a financial problem
- (tr) to secure with a grapple
- any form of hook or metal instrument by which something is secured, such as a grapnel
- the act of gripping or seizing, as in wrestling
- a grip or hold
- a contest of grappling, esp a wrestling match
Word Origin and History for grappler
1620s, agent noun from grapple (v.).
late 13c., from Old French grapil "hook" (see grapnel). The verb is 1520s, "seize and hold fast," from the noun. Sense of "battle, struggle (with)" is from 1590s. Related: Grappled; grappling.