wrestle[res′əl; often ras′-]
- The definition of a wrestle is a sports contest between two opponents who try to force each other onto a mat.
An example of a wrestle a sporting match between two players who try to pin each other to a mat.
- Wrestle is defined as to struggle, fight or take part in a sport where two opponents struggle with each other to force and pin the other to a mat or to the ground.
An example of wrestle is two friends struggling with each other around in a field of grass.
intransitive verbwrestled, wrestling
- to struggle hand to hand with an opponent in an attempt to throw or force him or her to the ground without striking blows
- to struggle (with a problem, an opposing force, etc.): to wrestle with one's conscience
- to struggle (with) in attempting to handle, maneuver, or manipulate something: to wrestle with a canvas sail in a storm
- to engage in the sport of wrestling
Origin of wrestleMiddle English wrestlen, wrastlen ; from Old English wræstlian, frequentative of wræstan, to twist: see wrest
- to struggle or fight with by wrestling; wrestle with
- to move, lift, maneuver, etc. with great physical effort: to wrestle a boulder into place
- ☆ in the W U.S., to throw (a calf, etc.) for branding
- the action of wrestling; wrestling bout
- a struggle or contest
verbwres·tled, wres·tling, wres·tles
- a. To try to throw or immobilize another person, especially by gripping with the hands.b. To engage in the sport of wrestling.
- To struggle to move or control something with the hands: wrestled with the truck's steering wheel.
- To struggle in trying to manage, control, or deal with something: wrestling with budget cuts; wrestle with one's conscience.
- a. To try to throw or immoblize (someone); wrestle with: wrestled the fugitive to the ground.b. To take part in a wrestling match with (someone).c. To take part in (a wrestling match).
- a. To move or lift with great effort and force: wrestled the piano up the stairs.b. To taken (something) away from another by gripping and pulling: wrestled the gun out of the robber's hands.
- To throw (a calf or other animal) for branding.
- The act or a bout of wrestling.
- A struggle: a wrestle with a problem.
Origin of wrestleMiddle English wrestlen, from Old English *wr&aemac;stlian, frequentative of wr&aemac;stan, to twist; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present wrestles, present participle wrestling, simple past and past participle wrestled)
- (intransitive) To contend, with an opponent, by grappling and attempting to throw, immobilize or otherwise defeat him, depending on the specific rules of the contest
- (intransitive) To struggle or strive
- To take part in a wrestling match with someone
- To move or lift something with difficulty
- To throw a calf etc in order to brand it
- To fight