Advertisement

View synonyms for wangle

wangle

[ wang-guhl ]

verb (used with object)

, wan·gled, wan·gling.
  1. to bring about, accomplish, or obtain by scheming or underhand methods:

    to wangle an invitation.

    Synonyms: wheedle, engineer, finagle, maneuver

  2. to falsify or manipulate for dishonest ends:

    to wangle business records.



verb (used without object)

, wan·gled, wan·gling.
  1. to use contrivance, scheming, or underhand methods to obtain some goal or result.
  2. to manipulate something for dishonest ends.

noun

  1. an act or instance of wangling.

wangle

/ ˈwæŋɡəl /

verb

  1. tr to use devious or illicit methods to get or achieve (something) for (oneself or another)

    he wangled himself a salary increase

  2. to manipulate or falsify (a situation, action, etc)


noun

  1. the act or an instance of wangling

Discover More

Derived Forms

  • ˈwangler, noun

Discover More

Other Words From

  • wangler noun

Discover More

Word History and Origins

Origin of wangle1

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

Discover More

Word History and Origins

Origin of wangle1

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

Discover More

Example Sentences

Other secretaries had used their nearness to him to wangle acting or dancing or singing assignments on other and lesser shows.

Wangle; the handful of straw a thatcher grasps in his left hand from time to time while thatching, twisted up tight at one end.

I had a specially bad one, and managed with great skill to wangle a fortnight's sick leave in Paris.

And the old Cats said, "Be particularly careful not to meddle with a clangle-wangle if you should see one."

But you've not managed badly to wangle a 'second', have you, Snowy and Daddles?

Advertisement

Related Words

Word of the Day

petrichor

[pet-ri-kawr]

Meaning and examples

Start each day with the Word of the Day in your inbox!

By clicking "Sign Up", you are accepting Dictionary.com Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policies.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement


Wang Jing WeiWang Yang-ming