[ res-ling ]
/ ˈrɛs lɪŋ /


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.

Nearby words

  1. wrentit,
  2. wrest,
  3. wrest pin,
  4. wrestle,
  5. wrestler,
  6. wretch,
  7. wretched,
  8. wretchedly,
  9. wrexham,
  10. wrick

Origin of wrestling

before 1100; Middle English; Old English wrǣstlunge. See wrestle, -ing1


[ res-uh l ]
/ ˈrɛs əl /

verb (used without object), wres·tled, wres·tling.

to engage in wrestling.
to contend, as in a struggle for mastery; grapple: to wrestle with one's conscience.

verb (used with object), wres·tled, wres·tling.


an act of or a bout at wrestling.
a struggle.

Origin of wrestle

before 1100; Middle English wrestlen, wrastlen (v.), Old English *wrǣstlian (compare Old English wrǣstlere wrestler), frequentative of wrǣstan to wrest; cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German worstelen

Related formswres·tler, nounout·wres·tle, verb (used with object), out·wres·tled, out·wres·tling.un·wres·tled, adjective

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/ (ˈrɛslɪŋ) /


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


/ (ˈrɛsəl) /



the act of wrestling
a struggle or tussle
Derived Formswrestler, noun

Word Origin for wrestle

Old English wræstlian; related to Middle Dutch wrastelen (Dutch worstelen), Old Norse rost current, race

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