from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To quarrel noisily or angrily. synonym: argue.
  • intransitive verb To grasp and maneuver something.
  • intransitive verb To attempt to deal with or understand something; contend or struggle.
  • intransitive verb To win or obtain by argument.
  • intransitive verb To manage or herd (horses or cattle).
  • intransitive verb To manage or control (something, especially an animal), as on a movie set.
  • intransitive verb To grasp and maneuver (something); wrestle.
  • noun The act of wrangling.
  • noun An angry, noisy argument or dispute.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An angry dispute; a noisy quarrel.
  • noun Synonyms Squabble, Altercation, etc. (see quarrel), controversy.
  • To dispute; argue noisily or in a quarrelsome manner; brawl; altercate.
  • To engage in discussion and disputation; argue, debate; hence, formerly, in some universities, to dispute publicly; defend or oppose a thesis by argument.
  • Synonyms To bicker, spar, jangle. See quarrel, n.
  • To contest or dispute, especially in the usually brawling manner of the schools.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb obsolete To argue; to debate; to dispute.
  • intransitive verb To dispute angrily; to quarrel peevishly and noisily; to brawl; to altercate.
  • noun An angry dispute; a noisy quarrel; a squabble; an altercation.
  • transitive verb rare To involve in a quarrel or dispute; to embroil.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive to bicker, or quarrel angrily and noisily
  • verb transitive to herd horses or other livestock
  • noun An act of wrangling
  • noun An angry dispute

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb to quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively
  • verb herd and care for
  • noun an instance of intense argument (as in bargaining)
  • noun an angry dispute


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English wranglen, of Middle Low German origin; see wer- in Indo-European roots. V., tr., sense 2, back-formation from wrangler, cowhand in charge of horses, horse herder.]


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  • Now herons call

    And wrangle by their pool; and hooting owls

    Sail from the wood above pale stooks of oats.

    - Siegfried Sassoon, Falling Asleep

    March 18, 2008