1350-1400;Middle Englishstruglen, stroglen, frequentative v. (see -le) formed on a base of obscure origin
prestruggle, noun, verb (used without object), prestruggled, prestruggling.
1. oppose, contest, fight, conflict. 7. endeavor, exertion. 8. encounter, skirmish. Struggle,brush,clash refer to a hostile meeting of opposing persons, parties, or forces. Struggle implies vigorous bodily effort or violent exertion: a hand-to-hand struggle. A brush is a brief, but smart, and often casual combat: a brush between patrols.Clash implies a direct and sharp collision between opposing parties, efforts, interests, etc.: a clash of opinions.
late 14c., probably a frequentative form, of uncertain origin. Skeat suggests Old Norse strugr "ill will;" others suggest a connection to Dutch struikelen, German straucheln "to stumble." Related: Struggled; struggling.