Definition for grappling (2 of 2)
verb (used without object), grap·pled, grap·pling.
verb (used with object), grap·pled, grap·pling.
Origin of grapple
Examples from the Web for grappling
We read Thomas Piketty because we needed to understand these failures to have any hope of grappling with them.
When Booker assumed office, his half-a-million constituents were grappling with high unemployment and rampant poverty.The Ugly Truth About Cory Booker, New Jersey’s Golden Boy|Olivia Nuzzi|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now Europe is grappling with its worst fear—the threat of an Ebola outbreak.
Given the daunting problems the city is grappling with—massive debt and a severe pension crisis—can you blame them?
In addition to grappling with widespread budget problems, states nationwide are fighting to retain or steal top businesses.
The terrified little group watched the two adversaries roll over and over, pounding, grappling, struggling.Finding the Lost Treasure|Helen M. Persons
He was up in a moment, however, and grappling 169 with his assailant.The Blue Grass Seminary Girls' Vacation Adventures|Carolyn Judson Burnett
He brought to bear upon the problems with which he was grappling a clear head, wide knowledge and steady courage.To Him That Hath|Ralph Connor
This viceroy is quite old and feeble but he is grappling with the new problems and is a patron of education.The Old World and Its Ways|William Jennings Bryan
For weeks, consciously and subconsciously, his mind had been grappling with this riddle.Mr. Britling Sees It Through|H. G. Wells
British Dictionary definitions for grappling (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for grappling (2 of 2)
- the act of gripping or seizing, as in wrestling
- a grip or hold
Word Origin for grapple
Word Origin and History for grappling
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.