wring

[ ring ]
/ rɪŋ /

verb (used with object), wrung, wring·ing.

verb (used without object), wrung, wring·ing.

to perform the action of wringing something.
to writhe, as in anguish.

noun

a wringing; forcible twist or squeeze.

Nearby words

  1. wright, orville,
  2. wright, richard,
  3. wright, russel,
  4. wright, willard huntington,
  5. wrigley,
  6. wring together,
  7. wringer,
  8. wrinkle,
  9. wrinklies,
  10. wrinkly

Origin of wring

before 900; Middle English wringen, Old English wringan; cognate with German ringen to wrestle

Related formsout·wring, verb (used with object), out·wrung, out·wring·ing.

Can be confusedring wring

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British Dictionary definitions for wring

wring

/ (rɪŋ) /

verb wrings, wringing or wrung

noun

an act or the process of wringing

Word Origin for wring

Old English wringan; related to Old High German ringan (German wringen), Gothic wrungō snare. See wrangle, wrong

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Word Origin and History for wring

wring

v.

Old English wringan "press, strain, wring, twist" (class III strong verb; past tense wrang, past participle wrungen), from Proto-Germanic *wrenganan (cf. Old English wringen "to wring, press out," Old Frisian wringa, Middle Dutch wringhen, Dutch wringen "to wring," Old High German ringan "to move to and fro, to twist," German ringen "to wrestle"), from PIE *wrengh- "to turn," nasalized variant of *wergh- "to turn," from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus).

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