wrangle
I. verb (wrangled; wrangling) Etymology: Middle English; akin to Old High German ringan to struggle — more at wring Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to dispute angrily or peevishly ; bicker 2. to engage in argument or controversy transitive verb 1. to obtain by persistent arguing or maneuvering ; wangle 2. [back-formation from wrangler] to herd and care for (livestock and especially horses) on the range II. noun Date: 15th century 1. an angry, noisy, or prolonged dispute or quarrel 2. the action or process of wrangling Synonyms: see quarrel

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  • Wrangle — Wran gle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Wrangled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wrangling}.] [OE. wranglen to wrestle. See {Wrong}, {Wring}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To argue; to debate; to dispute. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. To dispute angrily; to quarrel peevishly and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wrangle — or similar can mean: *Wrangle, Lincolnshire, a village in Lincolnshire, England. *As an intransitive verb, to bicker, or argue angrily and noisily. *As a transitive verb, to herd horses or other livestock.ee also*Wrangler *Wrangel *Rangel *In… …   Wikipedia

  • wrangle — vb quarrel, altercate, squabble, bicker, spat, tiff (see under QUARREL n) Analogous words: argue, dispute, debate (see DISCUSS): fight, *contend Contrasted words: *agree, concur, coincide wrangle n *quarrel, altercation, squabble, bickering, spat …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • wrangle — [n] fight, argument altercation, battle royal*, bickering, blow off*, blowup*, brannigan*, brawl, brouhaha*, clash, contest, controversy, disagreement, dispute, exchange, falling out*, flap*, fracas, hassle, knock down drag out*, quarrel, row,… …   New thesaurus

  • wrangle — ► NOUN ▪ a long and complicated dispute or argument. ► VERB 1) engage in a wrangle. 2) N. Amer. round up or take charge of (livestock). DERIVATIVES wrangler noun. ORIGIN perhaps related to Low German wrangen to struggle …   English terms dictionary

  • Wrangle — Wran gle, v. t. To involve in a quarrel or dispute; to embroil. [R.] Bp. Sanderson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wrangle — Wran gle, n. An angry dispute; a noisy quarrel; a squabble; an altercation. [1913 Webster] Syn: Altercation; bickering; brawl; jar; jangle; contest; controversy. See {Altercation}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wrangle — index altercation, argument (contention), belligerency, bicker, brawl (noun), brawl (verb), challenge …   Law dictionary

  • wrangle — (v.) late 14c., from Low Ger. wrangeln to dispute, to wrestle, related to M.L.G. wringen, from P.Gmc. *wrang , from PIE *wrengh , nasalized variant of *wergh to turn (see WRING (Cf. wring)). Related: Wrangled; wrangling. The noun is recorded from …   Etymology dictionary

  • wrangle — wrangle1 [raŋ′gəl] vi. wrangled, wrangling [ME wranglen, freq. of wringen: see WRING] 1. to quarrel angrily and noisily 2. to argue; dispute vt. to argue (a person) into or out of something n. an angry, noisy dispute or quarrel …   English World dictionary

  • wrangle — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ bitter ▪ lengthy, long running ▪ legal, planning (BrE) ▪ a lengthy planning wrangle over the height of the building …   Collocations dictionary

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