- To wrangle is to get something using persuasion, to manage animals on a ranch, or to loudly argue about something.
- An example of wrangle is to get your parents to give you $20 when they only agreed to give you $5.
- An example of wrangle is to get all the horses from the field into the barn.
- An example of wrangle is to fight with a relative about inheritance.
- to quarrel angrily and noisily
- to argue; dispute
Origin: Middle English wranglen, frequentative of wringen: see wring
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verb wran·gled, wran·gling, wran·gles verb, intransitive
- To win or obtain by argument.
- To herd (horses or other livestock).
- The act of wrangling.
- An angry, noisy argument or dispute.
Origin: Middle English wranglen, of Middle Low German origin; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.