- a sport in which two opponents struggle hand to hand in order to pin or press each other's shoulders to the mat or ground, with the style, rules, and regulations differing widely in amateur and professional matches.Compare catch-as-catch-can(def 3), Greco-Roman(def 3).
- the act of a person who wrestles.
Origin of wrestling
- to engage in wrestling.
- to contend, as in a struggle for mastery; grapple: to wrestle with one's conscience.
- to contend with in wrestling.
- to force by or as if by wrestling.
- to throw (a calf or other animal) for branding.
- an act of or a bout at wrestling.
- a struggle.
Origin of wrestle
Examples from the Web for wrestling
The wrestling fans are “incredibly horrifying when you age,” Madusa, now 50, wrote.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture
November 22, 2014
Then, in 1985, du Pont turned his attention (and Forbes-estimated $200 million fortune) to wrestling.
He poured millions into building Foxcatcher Farm, a wrestling facility boasting top-of-the-line weight machines.
Between 1989 and 1995, du Pont donated $400,000 a year to USA Wrestling.
The wrestling over the attacks continued, and turned to the chemical composition of the sarin.The Kardashian Look-Alike Trolling for Assad
Noah Shachtman, Michael Kennedy
October 17, 2014
And there must be umpires, as there are now in wrestling, to determine what is a fair hit and who is conqueror.Laws
In the center of a group of spectators two men, stripped to the waist, were wrestling.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
Colonel Mayhew took us to the fair, and to see the wrestling; then to the bazaars.The Last Voyage
Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
His passion was wrestling with a ghastly doubt, but it was of the kind that dies hard.Audrey Craven
Round behind Teutoberg he pivoted—a wrestling trick he had learned as a boy.The Space Rover
Edwin K. Sloat
- any of certain sports in which the contestants fight each other according to various rules governing holds and usually forbidding blows with the closed fist. The principal object is to overcome the opponent either by throwing or pinning him to the ground or by causing him to submitSee freestyle, Graeco-Roman, sumo
- to fight (another person) by holding, throwing, etc, without punching with the closed fist
- (intr) to participate in wrestling
- (when intr, foll by with or against) to fight with (a person, problem, or thing)wrestle with one's conscience
- (tr) to move laboriously, as with wrestling movements
- (tr) US and Canadian to throw (an animal) for branding
- the act of wrestling
- a struggle or tussle
Word Origin and History for wrestling
Old English wræstlung, "sport of grappling and throwing," verbal noun from wrestle (v.). From c.1300 as "action of wrestling, a wrestling match." Figurative use from c.1200.
Old English *wræstlian, frequentative of wræstan "to wrest" (see wrest). Cf. North Frisian wrassele, Middle Low German worstelen. Figurative sense is recorded from early 13c. Related: Wrestled; wrestling.