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

  • intransitive v. To quarrel noisily or angrily; bicker. See Synonyms at argue.
  • transitive v. To win or obtain by argument.
  • transitive v. To herd (horses or other livestock).
  • n. The act of wrangling.
  • n. An angry, noisy argument or dispute.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to bicker, or quarrel angrily and noisily
  • v. to herd horses or other livestock
  • n. An act of wrangling
  • n. An angry dispute

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. An angry dispute; a noisy quarrel.
  • n. Synonyms Squabble, Altercation, etc. (see quarrel), controversy.

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

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


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

Middle English wranglen, of Middle Low German origin; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.



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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