verb (used without object), grap·pled, grap·pling.
verb (used with object), grap·pled, grap·pling.
Origin of grapple
Synonyms for grapple
Related Words for grapplertentacle, paw, fingernail, talon, nipper, crook, hook, barb, spur, unguis, clapperclaw, fang, manus, grapnel, grappler, retractile, ungula
Examples from the Web for grappler
Historical Examples of 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
- the act of gripping or seizing, as in wrestling
- a grip or hold
Word Origin for grapple
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.