What does wrestle mean?

Definitions for wrestle
ˈrɛs əlwres·tle

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Wrestleverb

    Etymology: from wrest.

    You have lost the sight of good wrestling. William Shakespeare.

    If ever he goes alone again, I’ll never wrestle for prize more. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    Another, by a fall in wrestling, started the end of the clavicle from the sternon. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.

    To play or wrestle well, it should be used with those that do it better. William Temple.

    None in the leap spring with so strong a bound,
    Or firmer in the wrestling press the ground. Alexander Pope.

    I persuaded them, if they lov’d Benedick,
    To wish him wrestle with affection,
    And never to let Beatrice know of it. William Shakespeare.

    He knew not how to wrestle with desperate contingencies, and so abhorred to be entangled in such. Edward Hyde.


  1. wrestle

    Wrestling is a sport of physical engagement between two unarmed persons, in which each wrestler strives to obtain a position of advantage over their opponent. Wrestling involves different grappling-type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds. Many different wrestling techniques have been incorporated into martial arts, combat sports and military systems. The sport can either be genuinely competitive or sportive entertainment (see professional wrestling). Wrestling comes in different forms such as freestyle, Greco-Roman, judo, sambo, folkstyle, catch, submission, sumo, pehlwani, shuai jiao and others. Wrestling first appeared in the ancient Olympic Games as an event during the 18th Olympiad in 708 BC.There are a wide range of styles with varying rules, with both traditional historic and modern styles. The term wrestling is attested in late Old English, as wræstlunge (glossing palestram).


  1. wrestle

    Wrestle is a sport or activity that involves two persons struggling hand-to-hand attempting to subdue each other using particular techniques and physical strength and without the use of weapons or equipment. It can also refer to a personal struggle or emotionally grappling with a difficult issue or situation.

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

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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. Lora Waraksa:

    He would wrestle with them. He really got into that, the wrestling and playing. He'd carry them around on his back.

  2. Shirley Wilson:

    I'll wrestle you for my tippo, hippo!

  3. Cale Yarborough:

    Don’t ever wrestle with a pig. You’ll both get dirty, but the pig will enjoy it.

  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. Euripides:

    Reason can wrestle and overthrow terror.

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