[ 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.

Origin of wrangle

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

Related forms

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

Can be confused

wangle wrangle
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British Dictionary definitions for wrangling


/ (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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