Wring Definition

wringed, wringing, wrings, wrung
wringing, wrings, wrung
To squeeze, press, twist, or compress, esp. so as to force out water or other liquid.
Webster's New World
To writhe, squirm, or twist with force or great effort.
Webster's New World
To extract (liquid) by twisting or compressing. Often used with out .
Wrung the water out of my bathing suit.
American Heritage
To force out (water or other liquid) by this means, as from wet clothes.
Webster's New World
To clasp and twist (the hands) together as an expression of distress.
Webster's New World
The action of wringing or twisting.
Webster's New World

Origin of Wring

  • 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 *wrenǵʰ- (compare Lithuanian reñgtis "˜to bend down', Ancient Greek ῥίμφα (rhímpha) "˜fast'), nasalized variant of *werǵʰ- "˜bind, squeeze'. More at worry.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English wringen from Old English wringan wer-2 in Indo-European roots

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

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