1A mental or other non-physical struggle.
2A physical struggle; a tussle, a wrestling match.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Robert Burns (1759–1796), poet. From warsle.
verbdialect Scottish, British
1To wrestle physically; to try to throw another or each other to the ground.
2To wrestle physically with (an adversary).
3To experience physical difficulty, to struggle; to move with a struggle or an effort. Also figurative and in figurative contexts.
4"to warsle one's way" and variants: to make one's way with difficulty.
5To struggle mentally; to make a great psychological effort. Chiefly with with: to struggle to cope with or understand something; to engage in a mental struggle.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Cursor Mundi: a Northumbrian poem of the 14th century. Variant of wrestle, with metathesis of the vowel and r.