[ tak-ling ]
/ ˈtæk lɪŋ /

noun Archaic.

equipment; tackle.

Origin of tackling

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at tackle, -ing1

Related forms

un·tack·ling, adjective

Definition for tackling (2 of 2)


[ tak-uh l or for 2–4, tey-kuh l ]
/ ˈtæk əl or for 2–4, ˈteɪ kəl /


verb (used with object), tack·led, tack·ling.

verb (used without object), tack·led, tack·ling.

Football. to tackle an opponent having the ball.

Origin of tackle

1200–50; Middle English takel gear, apparatus < Middle Low German; akin to take

Related forms

tack·ler, nounre·tack·le, verb (used with object), re·tack·led, re·tack·ling.
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British Dictionary definitions for tackling


/ (ˈtækəl, often nautical ˈteɪkəl) /



Derived Forms

tackler, noun

Word Origin for tackle

C13: related to Middle Low German takel ship's rigging, Middle Dutch taken to take
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