[ rang-guhl ]
/ ˈræŋ gəl /

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

to argue or dispute, especially in a noisy or angry manner.

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

to argue or dispute.
to tend or round up (cattle, horses, or other livestock).
to obtain, often by contrivance or scheming; wangle: He wrangled a job through a friend.


a noisy or angry dispute; altercation.

Nearby words

  1. wrangel,
  2. wrangel island,
  3. wrangell,
  4. wrangell mountains,
  5. wrangell-st. elias national park,
  6. wrangler,
  7. wrans,
  8. wrap,
  9. wrap account,
  10. wrap party

Origin of wrangle

1350–1400; Middle English, apparently < Low German wrangeln, frequentative of wrangen to struggle, make an uproar; akin to wring

Related formsout·wran·gle, verb (used with object), out·wran·gled, out·wran·gling.un·wran·gling, adjective

Can be confusedwangle wrangle

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British Dictionary definitions for wrangle


/ (ˈræŋɡəl) /


(intr) to argue, esp noisily or angrily
(tr) to encourage, persuade, or obtain by argument
(tr) Western US and Canadian to herd (cattle or horses)


a noisy or angry argument

Word Origin for wrangle

C14: from Low German wrangeln; related to Norwegian vrangla

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Word Origin and History for wrangle



late 14c., from Low German wrangeln "to dispute, to wrestle," related to Middle Low German wringen, from Proto-Germanic *wrang-, from PIE *wrengh-, nasalized variant of *wergh- "to turn" (see wring). Related: Wrangled; wrangling. The noun is recorded from 1540s.

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