What does wrestle mean?

Definitions for wrestle
ˈrɛs əlwres·tle

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wrestle, wrestling, grapple, grappling, hand-to-hand struggleverb

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

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

  2. wrestleverb

    combat to overcome an opposing tendency or force

    "He wrestled all his life with his feeling of inferiority"

  3. wrestleverb

    engage in deep thought, consideration, or debate

    "I wrestled with this decision for years"

  4. writhe, wrestle, wriggle, worm, squirm, twistverb

    to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)

    "The prisoner writhed in discomfort"; "The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace"

  5. wrestleverb

    engage in a wrestling match

    "The children wrestled in the garden"


  1. wrestlenoun

    A wrestling bout.

  2. wrestlenoun

    A struggle.

  3. wrestleverb

    To contend, with an opponent, by grappling and attempting to throw, immobilize or otherwise defeat him, depending on the specific rules of the contest

  4. wrestleverb

    To struggle or strive

  5. wrestleverb

    To take part in a wrestling match with someone

  6. wrestleverb

    To move or lift something with difficulty

  7. wrestleverb

    To throw a calf etc in order to brand it

  8. wrestleverb

    To fight

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wrestleverb

    to contend, by grappling with, and striving to trip or throw down, an opponent; as, they wrestled skillfully

  2. Wrestleverb

    hence, to struggle; to strive earnestly; to contend

  3. Wrestleverb

    to wrestle with; to seek to throw down as in wrestling

  4. Wrestlenoun

    a struggle between two persons to see which will throw the other down; a bout at wrestling; a wrestling match; a struggle

  5. Etymology: [OE. wrestlen, wrastlen, AS. wrstlian, freq. of wrstan to wrest; akin to OD. wrastelen to wrestle. See Wrest, v. t.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wrestle

    res′l, v.i. to contend by grappling and trying to throw the other down: to struggle: to apply one's self keenly to: (Scot.) to pray earnestly.—v.t. to contend with in wrestling.—n. a bout at wrestling: a struggle between two to throw each other down.—ns. Wrest′ler; Wrest′ling, the sport or exercise of two persons struggling to throw each other to the ground in an athletic contest governed by certain fixed rules—catch-hold, ground-wrestling, catch-as-catch-can, back-hold, &c. [A.S. wrǽstlian; a freq. of wrǽstan, to wrest.]

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  1. swelter

  2. welters

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wrestle in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wrestle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of wrestle in a Sentence

  1. Matthew Warren:

    The tension gets higher and the need to act gets more pressing, but the fundamentals that have slowed governments to date haven't gone away, that's what we're trying to wrestle with.

  2. Andrew Gillum:

    As my grandmother told me — never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty, but the pig likes it. So ignore him and vote, Florida!”

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Often when we are least expecting it, Life sets up a really tough challenge to test our courage and our ability to fight. We mustn't pretend that nothing has happened, but instead must stand up and face the reality with utmost Courage. We must accept the facts that the Challenge is never going to wait, and that the flow of Life does not reverse. At such testing moments in life, Courage is what enables us to stand up, face the challenge and overcome all odds. Courage is what truly makes us who we are, as we wrestle with our demons to triumph. Good luck, my Friend.

  4. Angela Kinsey:

    You can expect to see lots of wigs, lots of boobs, and horrible behavior, every single person gets slapped or slaps someone. We all throw champagne in each other’s faces. I mean I wrestle a pregnant woman while she’s stripping on a pole!

  5. Mark Thomas:

    The biggest issue that the guys have had to wrestle with is how you cope with extremely high temperatures that come into the engine when you're doing hypersonic speeds; so more than five times the speed of sound, 4,000 miles-per-hour. The temperature coming in at the front of the engine is a thousand degrees centigrade. And you have to be able to cool that air very rapidly to be able to do anything useful with it.

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