Grapple meaning

grăp'əl
Grapple is defined as to struggle with something or someone.

An example of grapple is when two kids get into a fight over a ball, with each struggling to get control.

An example of grapple is when you are struggling with making a difficult decision.

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Any of various grasping devices having hinged tines or jaws that close around an object or load, used especially in lifting or dragging heavy items.
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The act of grappling.
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To seize and hold with a grapple.

Grappled the prow of the ship.

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To seize firmly with the hands.
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To hold onto something with a grapple.
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A device consisting of two or more hinged, movable iron prongs for grasping and moving heavy objects.
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A coming to grips; hand-to-hand fight.
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To grip and hold; seize.
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To use a grapnel.
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To struggle in hand-to-hand combat; wrestle.
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To struggle or try to cope (with)

To grapple with a problem.

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To seize something and hold it firmly.
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(figuratively) To ponder and intensely evaluate a problem; normally used with "with".
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(intransitive) To use a grapple.
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(intransitive) To wrestle or tussle.
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To fasten, as with a grapple; to fix; to join indissolubly.
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(nautical) A device consisting of iron claws, attached to the end of a rope, used for grasping and holding an enemy ship prior to boarding; a grapnel or grappling iron.
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(uncountable) The act of grappling.
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To use a grapple or similar device, as for dragging.
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Origin of grapple

  • Middle English grapel from Old French grapil diminutive of grape hook grape
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English *grapplen (“to seize, lay hold of”), from Old English *græpplian (“to seize”) (compare Old English ġegræppian (“to seize”)), from Proto-Germanic *graipilōną, *grabbalōną (“to seize”), from Proto-Indo-European *ghreb(h)-, *ghrab(h)- (“to take, seize, rake”). Cognate with Dutch grabbelen (“to grope, scramble, scrabble”), German grabbeln (“to rummage, grope about”), German grapsen, grapschen (“to seize, grasp, grabble”). Influenced in some senses by grapple (“hook”, noun) (see below). More at grasp.
    From Wiktionary
  • From Middle English *grapple, *graple, from Old French grappil (“a ship's grapple”) (compare Old French grappin (“hook”)), from Old French grape, grappe, crape (“hook”), of Germanic origin, from Old Frankish *krappō (“hook”), from Proto-Germanic *krappô, *krappą (“hook”), from Proto-Indo-European *grep- (“hook”), *gremb- (“crooked, uneven”), from Proto-Indo-European *ger- (“to turn, bend, twist”). More at grape.
    From Wiktionary