- simple past tense and past participle of wring.
- 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
Examples from the Web for wrung
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
Almost every “fact” is wrung through an ideological thresher and pulverized.A Response to David Mamet on Gun Control
January 28, 2013
Pundits have wrung their hands over the consequences of the leaks.Obamacare Leaks Show Supreme Court’s Slow Move to the 21st Century
July 4, 2012
I wrung my hands about this until the other day, when a now-infamous SAT question hit the Web.Why the SAT's Reality TV Question is Good for Kids
March 19, 2011
In both stories by these authors from Spain, sex is wrung of joy or even sweet mystery.New Spanish Language Superstars
December 22, 2010
It wrung the hearts of all who had opportunities of personally observing it.
All the despair in Dick's face, though it wrung his heart, could not move him.Viviette
William J. Locke
She wrung her hands in agony, distressed that she could not at once repair the evil she had done.The Dream
M'Leod wrung my hand as he spoke, and the tears stood in his eyes.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
The silent Ricardi rose somewhat mortified; the other Ricardi wrung his hands.Casanova's Homecoming
- the past tense and past participle of wring
- (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 and History for wrung
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).