Struggle Definition

strŭgəl
struggled, struggles, struggling
verb
struggled, struggles, struggling
To exert muscular energy, as against a material force or mass.
Struggled with the heavy load.
American Heritage
To bring, put, do, etc. by struggling.
Webster's New World
To make (one's way) with difficulty.
Webster's New World
To be strenuously engaged with a problem, task, or undertaking.
Struggled for years before breaking through as an actor.
American Heritage
To make great efforts or attempts; strive; labor.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
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noun
struggles
The act of struggling.
The rat's struggle to escape the snake's coils.
American Heritage
Great effort or a series of efforts; violent exertion.
Webster's New World
Conflict; strife; contention.
Webster's New World
Something that is difficult to do or achieve.
Getting him to agree will be a struggle.
American Heritage
Antonyms:

Other Word Forms of Struggle

Noun

Singular:
struggle
Plural:
struggles

Origin of Struggle

  • From Middle English struglen, stroglen, strogelen, of obscure origin. Cognate with Scots strugil (“to struggle, grapple, contend"). Perhaps from a variant of *strokelen, *stroukelen (> English stroll), from Middle Dutch struyckelen ("to stumble, trip, falter"; > Modern Dutch struikelen), the frequentative form of Old Dutch *strÅ«kon (“to stumble"), from Proto-Germanic *strÅ«kōnÄ…, *strÅ«kÄ“nÄ… (“to be stiff"), from Proto-Indo-European *strug-, *ster- (“to be stiff; to bristle, strut, stumble, fall"), related to Middle Low German strûkelen ("to stumble"; > Low German strükeln), Old High German strÅ«hhÄ“n, strÅ«hhōn ("to stumble, trip, tumble, go astray"; > Modern German strauchen, straucheln).

    From Wiktionary

  • Alternative etymology derives the base of struggle from Old Norse strúgr (“arrogance, pride, spitefulness, ill-will"), from Proto-Germanic *strÅ«kaz (“stiff, rigid"), ultimately from the same Proto-Indo-European root above, which would make it cognate with Swedish dialectal strug (“contention, strife, discord"), Norwegian stru (“obstinate, unruly"), Danish struende (“reluctantly"), Scots strug (“difficulty, perplexity, a laborious task").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English struglen

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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