- To wring is to rub your hands together because of nervousness or anxiety.
An example of to wring is to grasp your own hands to keep yourself calm in a stressful situation.
- To wring is to twist or compress something to get the liquid out of it or to get something out of another person or thing using a lot of pressure or force.
- An example of to wring is to twist up a shirt that you just washed by hand before you hang it to dry.
- An example of to wring is to have an ad agency get every penny out of an unsuspecting client they’re billing.
transitive verbwrung or Rarewringed, wring′ing
- to squeeze, press, twist, or compress, esp. so as to force out water or other liquid
- to force out (water or other liquid) by this means, as from wet clothes: usually with out
- to clasp and twist (the hands) together as an expression of distress
- to clasp (another's hand) forcefully in greeting
- to wrench or twist forcibly
- to get or extract by force, threats, persistence, etc.; extort
- to afflict with anguish, distress, pity, etc.: a story to wring one's heart
Origin of wringMiddle English wringen from Old English wringan, to press, compress, strain, akin to German ringen, to struggle, wrestle from Indo-European an unverified form wreng- from base an unverified form wer-, to turn, bend from source worm
transitive verbwrung, wring·ing, wrings
- a. To twist, squeeze, or compress, especially so as to extract liquid. Often used with out : wring out a wet towel.b. To extract (liquid) by twisting or compressing. Often used with out : wrung the water out of my bathing suit.
- To wrench or twist forcibly or painfully: wring the neck of a chicken.
- a. To clasp and twist or squeeze (one's hands), as in distress.b. To clasp firmly and shake (another's hand), as in congratulation.
- To cause distress to; affect with painful emotion: a tale that wrings the heart.
- To obtain or extract by applying force or pressure: wrung the truth out of the recalcitrant witness.
Origin of wringMiddle English wringen from Old English wringan ; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
- To squeeze or twist tightly so that liquid is forced out.
- You must wring your wet jeans before hanging them out to dry.
- To obtain by force.
- The police said they would wring the truth out of that heinous criminal.
- To hold tightly and press or twist.
- Some of the patients waiting in the dentist's office were wringing their hands nervously.
- He said he'd wring my neck if I told his girlfriend.
- He wrung my hand enthusiastically when he found out we were related.
- (intransitive) To writhe; to twist, as if in anguish.
- To pain; to distress; to torment; to torture.
- To distort; to pervert; to wrest.
- To subject to extortion; to afflict, or oppress, in order to enforce compliance.
- (nautical) To bend or strain out of its position.
- to wring a mast
From Middle English wringen, from Old English wringan, from Proto-Germanic *wringanÄ… (compare West Frisian wringe, Low German wringen, Dutch wringen, German ringen "˜to wrestle'), from Proto-Indo-European *wrenÇµÊ°- (compare Lithuanian reÃ±gtis "˜to bend down', Ancient Greek á¿¥Î¯Î¼Ï†Î± (rhÃmpha) "˜fast'), nasalized variant of *werÇµÊ°- "˜bind, squeeze'. More at worry.