transitive verbwan′gled, wan′gling
- to get, make, or bring about by persuasion, influence, adroit manipulation, contrivance, etc.
- to manipulate or change (statistics, accounts, etc.) for a selfish or dishonest purpose; falsify; juggle
- to wiggle or wriggle
Origin of wanglealtered from uncertain or unknown; perhaps waggle
- to make use of contrivance, adroit manipulation, or tricky and indirect methods in order to achieve one's aims
- to wriggle, as out of a difficult situation
verbwan·gled, wan·gling, wan·gles Informal
To obtain or achieve by cleverness or deceit, especially in persuading someone: She wangled the job even though she had no training.
To extricate oneself by subtle or indirect means, as from difficulty; wriggle: He wangled out of a shift at work by pretending to be sick.
Origin of wangleOrigin unknown
(third-person singular simple present wangles, present participle wangling, simple past and past participle wangled)
- The act of wangling