A lot vs. Alot: 9 Grammatical Pitfalls
1620s, agent noun from grapple (v.).
late 13c., from Old French grapil "hook" (see grapnel). The verb is 1520s, "seize and hold fast," from the noun. Sense of "battle, struggle (with)" is from 1590s. Related: Grappled; grappling.