[ rench ]
/ rɛntʃ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to twist, turn, or move suddenly aside: He wrenched away.
to give a wrench or twist at something.


Origin of wrench

before 1050; Middle English wrenchen (v.), Old English wrencan to twist, turn; cognate with German renken

Related forms

wrench·er, nounwrench·ing·ly, adverbout·wrench, verb (used with object)un·wrenched, adjective

Can be confused

ranch wrench
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British Dictionary definitions for wrench


/ (rɛntʃ) /



Word Origin for wrench

Old English wrencan; related to Old High German renken, Lithuanian rangyti to twist. See wrinkle 1
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Idioms and Phrases with wrench


see throw a monkey wrench.

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