[ wang-guhl ]
/ ˈwæŋ gəl /

verb (used with object), wan·gled, wan·gling.

to bring about, accomplish, or obtain by scheming or underhand methods: to wangle an invitation.
to falsify or manipulate for dishonest ends: to wangle business records.

verb (used without object), wan·gled, wan·gling.

to use contrivance, scheming, or underhand methods to obtain some goal or result.
to manipulate something for dishonest ends.


an act or instance of wangling.

Origin of wangle

1810–20; blend of wag (the tongue) and dangle (about someone, i.e., hang around someone, court someone's favor)

Related forms

wan·gler, noun

Can be confused

wangle wrangle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for wangle


/ (ˈwæŋɡəl) informal /


(tr) to use devious or illicit methods to get or achieve (something) for (oneself or another)he wangled himself a salary increase
to manipulate or falsify (a situation, action, etc)


the act or an instance of wangling

Derived Forms

wangler, noun

Word Origin for wangle

C19: originally printers' slang, perhaps a blend of waggle and dialect wankle wavering, from Old English wancol; compare Old High German wankōn to waver
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