Main definitions of warsle in English

: warsle1warsle2

warsle1

Pronunciation /ˈwɑːs(ə)l/

noun

Scottish
  • 1A mental or other non-physical struggle.

  • 2A physical struggle; a tussle, a wrestling match.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in Robert Burns (1759–1796), poet. From warsle.

Main definitions of warsle in English

: warsle1warsle2

warsle2

Pronunciation /ˈwɑːs(ə)l/

verb

dialect 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.

Origin

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.