What does grapple mean?

Definitions for grapple
ˈgræp əlgrap·ple

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word grapple.

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

    Etymology: [See Grapple, v. t., and cf. Crapple.]

  2. Grapple(verb)

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

    Etymology: [See Grapple, v. t., and cf. Crapple.]

  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

    Etymology: [See Grapple, v. t., and cf. Crapple.]

  4. Grapple(verb)

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

    Etymology: [See Grapple, v. t., and cf. Crapple.]

  5. Grapple(verb)

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

    Etymology: [See Grapple, v. t., and cf. Crapple.]

  6. Grapple(verb)

    a grappling iron

    Etymology: [See Grapple, v. t., and cf. Crapple.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grapple

    grap′l, v.t. to seize: to lay fast hold of.—v.i. to contend in close fight.—ns. Grapp′lement (Spens.), a grappling, close fight; Grapp′ling-ī′ron, a large grapnel for seizing hostile ships in naval engagements. [O. Fr. grappilgrappe, a hook.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. grapple

    To seize; to contend in close fight; to attach one’s self as if by a grapple, as in wrestling; hence to grapple with, to enter into contest with, resolutely and courageously.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grapple in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grapple in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of grapple in a Sentence

  1. Anne-Sophie Swetchine:

    Providence has hidden a charm in difficult undertakings which is appreciated only by those who dare to grapple with them.

  2. Oprah Winfrey:

    She was our conscience. Our seer. Our truth-teller, she was a magician with language, who understood the Power of words. She used them to roil us, to wake us, to educate us and help us grapple with our deepest wounds and try to comprehend them.

  3. Hillary Clinton:

    He has suggested that we invite Iranian troops into Syria, that is like asking the arsonist to be the firefighter. ...The challenges a President has to grapple with are beyond complicated but at home and abroad. That is why is it is the hardest job.

  4. Megan Rapinoe:

    I think that the huge media splash of the lawsuit is behind us and were obviously focused on the World Cup, but also its like this is our life, and there are a lot of things that we have to grapple and deal with: Family, friends, partners, media, pressures, games, World Cup, travel. So its just kind of just one more thing. This team always has a lot of media attention, and weve always had a lot of things on our plate so its not like its anything new, or all of a sudden were getting all the more attention. Its sort of the same for us.

  5. Richard Feynman:

    We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.

Images & Illustrations of grapple

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Translations for grapple

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • auseinandersetzen, kämpfen, ergreifen, packen, herumschlagen, ringenGerman
  • lucharSpanish
  • چنگ زدنPersian
  • grappin, combat, lutte, abordageFrench
  • ग्रेपलHindi
  • rampino, stretta, raffio, lotta, presaItalian
  • whātōtō, nōnoke, nōnoketangaMāori
  • entering, enterhaak, worstelingDutch
  • 格鬥Chinese

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