Grapple - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɡræpl|  American pronunciation of the word grapple
Brit.  |ˈɡrap(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word grapple


- a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope (syn: grapnel)
- a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam (syn: clamshell)
- the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat (syn: grappling, wrestle, wrestling)
- succeed in doing, achieving, or producing (something) with the limited or inadequate means available (syn: contend, cope, deal, get by, make out, manage)
- to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match (syn: grip)
the two men grappled with each other for several minutes


...was simply unable to break my opponent's viselike grapple and lost the wrestling match...

...after a grapple with his conscience, he confessed to having an affair...

...two sumo wrestlers grappling like a pair of mammoth bears...

...a crane grappled the sunken boat and hoisted it above water...

They grappled for the key.

The children grappled for the ball.

Two men grappled with a guard at the door.

the two men grappled with each other for several minutes

Word forms

I/you/we/they: grapple
he/she/it: grapples
present participle: grappling
past tense: grappled
past participle: grappled
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