AskDefine | Define wrangle

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Wrangle \Wran"gle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wrangled; p. pr. & vb. n. Wrangling.] [OE. wranglen to wrestle. See Wrong, Wring.] [1913 Webster]
To argue; to debate; to dispute. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
To dispute angrily; to quarrel peevishly and noisily; to brawl; to altercate. "In spite of occasional wranglings." --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] For a score of kingdoms you should wrangle. --Shak. [1913 Webster] He did not know what it was to wrangle on indifferent points. --Addison. [1913 Webster]
Wrangle \Wran"gle\, v. t. To involve in a quarrel or dispute; to embroil. [R.] --Bp. Sanderson. [1913 Webster]
Wrangle \Wran"gle\, n. An angry dispute; a noisy quarrel; a squabble; an altercation. [1913 Webster] Syn: Altercation; bickering; brawl; jar; jangle; contest; controversy. See Altercation. [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 an angry dispute; "they had a quarrel"; "they had words" [syn: quarrel, row, words, run-in, dustup]
2 an instance of intense argument (as in bargaining) [syn: haggle, haggling, wrangling]


1 to quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively; "The bar keeper threw them out, but they continued to wrangle on down the street" [syn: brawl]
2 herd and care for; "wrangle horses"

Moby Thesaurus

altercate, altercation, argue, argufy, argument, bandy words, bicker, bicker over, bickering, blood feud, brawl, broil, cage, caterwaul, cavil, choplogic, contend, contend about, contention, contest, controversy, corral, cross swords, cut and thrust, differ, discept, dispute, donnybrook, donnybrook fair, drive, drove, embroilment, fall out, feud, fight, fight over, flite, fliting, fracas, fuss, give and take, goad, hassle, have it out, have words, herd, imbroglio, join issue, lash, lock horns, logomachize, logomachy, moot, open quarrel, pettifog, plead, polemic, polemicize, polemize, prick, punch cattle, quarrel, quarrel over, quibble, ride herd on, round up, row, sharp words, shepherd, slanging match, snarl, spar, spat, spur, squabble, squabble over, strife, take issue with, take sides, thrash out, tiff, try conclusions, tussle, vendetta, whip, words, wrangle over




  1. In the context of "transitive": to bicker, or quarrel angrily and noisily
  2. In the context of "intransitive": to herd horses or other livestock



  1. An act of wrangling
  2. An angry dispute


Related terms

Wrangle or similar can mean:-
  • Wrangle, Lincolnshire, a village in Lincolnshire, England.
  • As an intransitive verb, to bicker, or argue angrily and noisily.
  • As a transitive verb, to herd horses or other livestock.

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