Word of the Day: Wrangle

wran-gle / ˈraNGɡəl




  1. to argue or bicker in a noisy or peevish manner

A husband and wife should resolve never to wrangle with each other; never to bandy words or indulge in the least ill-humour.

Timothy Shay Arthur, 1809-1885


  1. to tend or herd

It pays to be in the best shape possible when you’re wrangling the largest reptiles on Earth!

Terri Irwin, 1964-


  1. to engage in an argument

Men will wrangle for religion, write for it, fight for it, die for it; anything but live for it.

Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1882


  1. to obtain by maneuvering

They’re coming at us so fast – the gizmos, the doodads, the gimcracks, the wonderments – so ubiquitously, so overwhelmingly, we’ve not yet found how best to wrangle each new miracle into genuine usefulness.

From ‘You Aren’t Special’ by David McCullough, Jr., ?-




  1. a noisy dispute

Never get mixed up in a Welsh wrangle.

From ‘Decline and Fall’ by Evelyn Waugh, 1903-1966


  1. an action or instance of bickering

Out of some little thing, too free a tongue can make an outrageous wrangle.

Euripides, c. 480-406 BCE