- to twist forcibly: He wrung the chicken's neck.
- to twist and compress, or compress without twisting, in order to force out water or other liquid (often followed by out): to wring clothes.
- to extract or expel by twisting or compression (usually followed by out or from).
- to affect painfully by or as if by some contorting or compressing action.
- to clasp tightly with or without twisting: to wring one's hands in pain.
- to force (usually followed by off) by twisting.
- to extract or get by forceful effort or means (often followed by out).
- to perform the action of wringing something.
- to writhe, as in anguish.
- a wringing; forcible twist or squeeze.
Origin of wring
Related Words for wringextort, wrest, wrench, squeeze, extract, screw, gouge, force, strain, pinch, throttle, compress, choke, hurt, exact, turn, coerce, push, pain, strangle
Examples from the Web for wring
Contemporary Examples of wring
Some things never change as we wring out the old year and ring in the new one.New Year’s Eve, Babylon Style
December 31, 2014
To wring all that can be wrung from metaphor, note what our elected and appointed officials are not dressed as.Election Day Is Scarier Than Halloween
P. J. O’Rourke
November 1, 2014
This makes what Obama and John Kerry manage to wring out of the Russians in the next two days absolutely crucial.Did Obama Just Change His Luck on Syria?
September 11, 2013
It could find other ways to wring costs of its operations, like using less packaging or electricity.Sad Face at Walmart
May 16, 2013
Now Brooks spoke of a death so horrific as to wring tears from a man who has seen gun death after gun death after gun death.Jonylah Watkins, Gunned Down in Chicago, Was a ‘Happy Baby’
March 13, 2013
Historical Examples of wring
Possibly should he retain her he could wring a handsome ransom from the white man.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
No bribe—and he was shameless in his offers—could wring more than that from her.The Incomplete Amorist
She thought of the meeting at the Festa, and longed to wring from Gaspare his secret.A Spirit in Prison
If you don't pay him every red copper, down on the nail, he'll wring you dry.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
Were he taken they'd wring out of him whatever happened to be in him.The Lion's Skin
- (often foll by out) to twist and compress to squeeze (a liquid) from (cloth, etc)
- (tr) to twist forciblywring its neck
- (tr) to clasp and twist (one's hands), esp in anguish
- (tr) to distresswring one's heart
- (tr) to grip (someone's hand) vigorously in greeting
- (tr) to obtain by or as if by forceful meanswring information out of
- (intr) to writhe with or as if with pain
- wringing wet soaking; drenched
- an act or the process of wringing
Word Origin for wring
Word Origin and History for wring
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).