Meaning of wrestling in English:


Pronunciation /ˈrɛslɪŋ/

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mass noun
  • The sport or activity of grappling with an opponent and trying to throw or hold them down on the ground, typically according to a code of rules.

    ‘These situations would include sport matches in wrestling and judo where people are fighting with resistance.’
    • ‘Sam is into wrestling and baseball and playing Playstation video games.’
    • ‘In high school, gymnastics and wrestling had an early hold on Stephan's athletic aspirations.’
    • ‘In our western culture we can date the development of martial arts such as archery and wrestling to ancient Greece.’
    • ‘His programme began with roller skating and wrestling, though not at the same time.’
    • ‘In college, he participated in nearly every activity available, including wrestling, drama, and writing.’
    • ‘Get to as many tournaments as you can and support the sport of women's wrestling.’
    • ‘I wasn't training with weights to get better in football or wrestling.’
    • ‘They also showed scenes from some kind of fair in Mongolia with lots of people doing Mongolian wrestling and horse racing.’
    • ‘With the rugby and soccer, we have phenomenal athletes and wrestling could be really big here.’
    • ‘No longer is football any less in popularity in Japan as compared to sumo wrestling or baseball, which had for long been the most sought after sporting activity in the country.’
    • ‘Like soccer, bicycling, boxing, and wrestling are popular working-class sports.’
    • ‘Tennis got the chop while sports such as rifle-shooting, kabadi, wrestling and volleyball received the nod.’
    • ‘He threw himself into sports, primarily wrestling, and he succeeded in that until a pretty serious knee injury took him out of the sport.’
    • ‘Among the settled Fulani, there is a variety of traditional local sports and games, including wrestling and boxing.’
    • ‘He took part in all sorts of games including wrestling, shooting, weight throwing and other sports.’
    • ‘General pushing strength is useful to all athletes who participate in contact sports such as boxing, football, rugby and wrestling.’
    • ‘He said he hoped his age would inspire both the young and old with interest in wrestling to get actively involved in helping to revive the sport.’
    • ‘Strength gained by doing this exercise is needed in sports such as wrestling and football to grab and hold or pull in your opponent.’
    • ‘The movie is about the sport of high school wrestling, and Jimi, smart guy that he is, loaded the roles with Olympic and well-known wrestlers.’

Popular in ancient Egypt, China, and Greece, wrestling was introduced to the Olympic Games in 704 BC; many of the holds and throws used now are the same as those of antiquity. The two main competition styles are Graeco-Roman (in which holds below the waist are prohibited) and freestyle, which has become a popular televised sport. See also