Definitions for grappleˈgræp əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

grap•pleˈgræp əl(v.; n.)-pled, -pling

  1. (v.i.)to hold or make fast to something, as with a grapple.

  2. to engage in a struggle or close encounter:

    wrestlers grappling.

  3. to try to overcome or deal:

    to grapple with a problem.

  4. (v.t.)to seize or hold with or as if with a grapple.

  5. Category: Nautical, Navy

    Ref: grapnel (def. 1). 1

  6. a seizing or gripping.

  7. a grip or close hold.

  8. a hand-to-hand fight.

Origin of grapple:

1520–30; appar. a freq. of OE gegrǣppian to seize; associated with grapnel


Princeton's WordNet

  1. grapnel, grapple, grappler, grappling hook, grappling iron(noun)

    a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope

  2. clamshell, grapple(noun)

    a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam

  3. wrestle, wrestling, grapple, grappling, hand-to-hand struggle(verb)

    the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat

    "they had a fierce wrestle"; "we watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully"

  4. cope, get by, make out, make do, contend, grapple, deal, manage(verb)

    come to terms with

    "We got by on just a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"

  5. grapple, grip(verb)

    to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match

    "the two men grappled with each other for several minutes"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grapple(verb)

    to seize; to lay fast hold of; to attack at close quarters: as, to grapple an antagonist

  2. Grapple(verb)

    to fasten, as with a grapple; to fix; to join indissolubly

  3. Grapple(verb)

    to use a grapple; to contend in close fight; to attach one's self as if by a grapple, as in wrestling; to close; to seize one another

  4. Grapple(verb)

    a seizing or seizure; close hug in contest; the wrestler's hold

  5. Grapple(verb)

    an instrument, usually with hinged claws, for seizing and holding fast to an object; a grab

  6. Grapple(verb)

    a grappling iron


  1. Grapple

    Grapple is a fictional character from the Transformers series. He was a regular character in the original The Transformers animated series, voiced by Pete Renaday. Due to trademark issues, newer toys of this character are named Autobot Grapple or spelled Grappel by Hasbro.

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to grasp and fight with

He grappled with the thief.

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