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[rang-guh l] /ˈræŋ gəl/
verb (used without object), wrangled, wrangling.
to argue or dispute, especially in a noisy or angry manner.
verb (used with object), wrangled, wrangling.
to argue or dispute.
to tend or round up (cattle, horses, or other livestock).
to obtain, often by contrivance or scheming; wangle:
He wrangled a job through a friend.
a noisy or angry dispute; altercation.
Origin of wrangle
1350-1400; Middle English, apparently < Low German wrangeln, frequentative of wrangen to struggle, make an uproar; akin to wring
Related forms
outwrangle, verb (used with object), outwrangled, outwrangling.
unwrangling, adjective
Can be confused
wangle, wrangle.
1, 5. quarrel, brawl. 5. argument. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for wrangling
  • Surprisingly, given the bitter partisan wrangling of late, they did so in a manner that was mostly civil and substantive.
  • Attempts to rethink the care of the elderly and needy have in the past been blighted by political wrangling.
  • But there will be much wrangling over amounts and timing.
  • Only after more hours of back-room wrangling did a restarted plenary, with a new chair, get the accord adopted after a fashion.
  • But the case is grinding along at snail's pace, after two years of procedural wrangling.
  • Intense political wrangling has been under way to convince the party to change its mind before next week's vote.
  • Political wrangling normally means nothing substantive gets done.
  • wrangling over patents is beginning to move out of the courtroom and into the marketplace.
  • After much wrangling, the consumer was forced to buy a less comprehensive commercial policy at a much higher price.
British Dictionary definitions for wrangling


(intransitive) to argue, esp noisily or angrily
(transitive) to encourage, persuade, or obtain by argument
(transitive) (Western US & Canadian) to herd (cattle or horses)
a noisy or angry argument
Word Origin
C14: from Low German wrangeln; related to Norwegian vrangla
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Word Origin and History for wrangling



late 14c., from Low German wrangeln "to dispute, to wrestle," related to Middle Low German wringen, from Proto-Germanic *wrang-, from PIE *wrengh-, nasalized variant of *wergh- "to turn" (see wring). Related: Wrangled; wrangling. The noun is recorded from 1540s.

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