[ 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.


a wringing; forcible twist or squeeze.

Origin of wring

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

Related forms

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

Can be confused

ring wring
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/ (rɪŋ) /

verb wrings, wringing or wrung


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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