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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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  • In any country powerful lobbies bargain and wrangle.
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  • The same reason that makes us wrangle with a neighbour causes a war betwixt princes.
  • In the legal wrangle that ensued-lawsuits followed by countersuits-numerous reputations were damaged.
  • The delay stems from a wrangle between government and business which has sparked a fierce dispute within government.
  • But anything other than a straight in-or-out question may result in a damaging wrangle.
British Dictionary definitions for wrangle


(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 wrangle

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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