Definitions for wangleˈwæŋ gəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wan•gleˈwæŋ gəl(v.; n.)-gled, -gling

  1. (v.t.)to bring about or obtain by scheming or underhand methods:

    to wangle an invitation.

  2. to falsify or manipulate for dishonest ends.

  3. (v.i.)to use contrivance or scheming to achieve some goal.

  4. to manipulate something for dishonest ends.

  5. (n.)an act or instance of wangling.

Origin of wangle:

1810–20; b. wag (the tongue) and dangle (about someone, i.e., hang around someone, court someone's favor)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. wangle, wangling(verb)

    an instance of accomplishing something by scheming or trickery

  2. wangle, finagle, manage(verb)

    achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods

  3. fudge, manipulate, fake, falsify, cook, wangle, misrepresent(verb)

    tamper, with the purpose of deception

    "Fudge the figures"; "cook the books"; "falsify the data"


  1. wangle(Noun)

    The act of wangling

  2. wangle(Verb)

    To obtain through manipulative or deceitful methods.

  3. wangle(Verb)

    To falsify, as records.

  4. wangle(Verb)

    To achieve through contrivance or cajolery.

  5. Origin: first attested 1810-1820.


  1. Wängle

    Wängle is a municipality in the Austrian district of Reutte, Tyrol. Its St. Martin church contains many frescoes and paintings by Paul Zeiler.

Translations for wangle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to obtain or achieve (something) by trickery

He got us seats for the concert; – I don't know how he wangled it.

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