What does wrestle mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term wrestle:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. wrestle(verb)

    combat to overcome an opposing tendency or force

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

  3. wrestle(verb)

    engage in deep thought, consideration, or debate

    "I wrestled with this decision for years"

  4. writhe, wrestle, wriggle, worm, squirm, twist(verb)

    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. wrestle(verb)

    engage in a wrestling match

    "The children wrestled in the garden"


  1. wrestle(Noun)

    A wrestling bout.

  2. wrestle(Noun)

    A struggle.

  3. wrestle(Verb)

    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. wrestle(Verb)

    To struggle or strive

  5. wrestle(Verb)

    To take part in a wrestling match with someone

  6. wrestle(Verb)

    To move or lift something with difficulty

  7. wrestle(Verb)

    To throw a calf etc in order to brand it

  8. wrestle(Verb)

    To fight

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wrestle(verb)

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

  2. Wrestle(verb)

    hence, to struggle; to strive earnestly; to contend

  3. Wrestle(verb)

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

  4. Wrestle(noun)

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

  5. Origin: [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.]

Anagrams for wrestle »

  1. swelter

  2. welters


  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

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