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Meaning & Definition of Wrestle in English

English

Wrestle

/rɛsəl/

noun

1. The act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat

  • "They had a fierce wrestle"
  • "We watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully"
    synonym:
  • wrestle
  • ,
  • wrestling
  • ,
  • grapple
  • ,
  • grappling
  • ,
  • hand-to-hand struggle

verb

1. Combat to overcome an opposing tendency or force

  • "He wrestled all his life with his feeling of inferiority"
    synonym:
  • wrestle

2. Engage in deep thought, consideration, or debate

  • "I wrestled with this decision for years"
    synonym:
  • wrestle

3. 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"
    synonym:
  • writhe
  • ,
  • wrestle
  • ,
  • wriggle
  • ,
  • worm
  • ,
  • squirm
  • ,
  • twist

4. Engage in a wrestling match

  • "The children wrestled in the garden"
    synonym:
  • wrestle