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

  • intransitive v. To contend by grappling and attempting to throw or immobilize one's opponent, especially under contest rules.
  • intransitive v. To contend or struggle: wrestling with budget cuts.
  • intransitive v. To strive in an effort to master something: wrestle with one's conscience.
  • transitive v. To take part in (a wrestling match).
  • transitive v. To take part in a wrestling match with.
  • transitive v. To move or lift with great effort and force: wrestled the piano up the stairs.
  • transitive v. To throw (a calf or other animal) for branding.
  • n. The act or a bout of wrestling.
  • n. A struggle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A wrestling bout.
  • n. A struggle.
  • v. To contend, with an opponent, by grappling and attempting to throw, immobilize or otherwise defeat him, depending on the specific rules of the contest
  • v. To struggle or strive
  • v. To take part in a wrestling match with someone
  • v. To move or lift something with difficulty
  • v. To throw a calf etc in order to brand it
  • v. To fight

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A struggle between two persons to see which will throw the other down; a bout at wrestling; a wrestling match; a struggle.
  • intransitive v. To contend, by grappling with, and striving to trip or throw down, an opponent.
  • intransitive v. Hence, to struggle; to strive earnestly; to contend.
  • transitive v. To wrestle with; to seek to throw down as in wrestling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • l. To twist or wind about; especially, to writhe; wriggle; squirm; struggle, as with the limbs.
  • To struggle in a hand-to-hand contest; strive, as for some advantage or for mastery, with bodily strength and adroitness; specifically, to struggle, as two persons striving to throw each other to the ground, especially in a contest governed by certain fixed rules.
  • To contend in any way, as in a struggle for mastery; maintain opposition or resistance, especially against a moral foe or force; strive.
  • To deal, as with a troublesome duty; apply one's self vigorously; grapple: as, to wrestle with a knotty problem; to wrestle with a distasteful task.
  • Hence, to devote one's self earnestly to prayer; pray.
  • To contend with in wrestling: as, I will wrestle you for so much.
  • On a cattle-range, to throw for the purpose of branding, as an animal.
  • n. A bout at wrestling; a wrestling-match.

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

  • n. the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat
  • v. engage in a wrestling match
  • v. engage in deep thought, consideration, or debate
  • v. to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)
  • v. combat to overcome an opposing tendency or force


Middle English wrestlen, from Old English *wrǣstlian, frequentative of wrǣstan, to twist; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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