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 formsout·wring, verb (used with object), out·wrung, out·wring·ing.
Can be confusedring wring
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Examples from the Web for wringing

Contemporary Examples of wringing

Historical Examples of wringing

  • Never, never, wringing her hands, should she meet with a mistress she loved so well.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Not unto me the strength be ascribed; not unto me the wringing of the expiation!'

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • This one,' he added, wringing his hand again, 'that will be lost through me.'

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • "You must go back the way you came," said the monkey, wringing the tears from its handkerchief.

    Prince Vance

    Eleanor Putnam

  • Swan pushed back from the table, wringing the coffee from his mustache.

British Dictionary definitions for wringing


verb wrings, wringing or wrung

(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

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 wringing



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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