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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wang-guh l]
    • /ˈwæŋ gəl/
    • /ˈwæŋ.ɡl̩/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wang-guh l]
    • /ˈwæŋ gəl/

Definitions of wangle word

  • verb with object wangle to bring about, accomplish, or obtain by scheming or underhand methods: to wangle an invitation. 1
  • verb with object wangle to falsify or manipulate for dishonest ends: to wangle business records. 1
  • verb without object wangle to use contrivance, scheming, or underhand methods to obtain some goal or result. 1
  • verb without object wangle to manipulate something for dishonest ends. 1
  • noun wangle an act or instance of wangling. 1
  • noun wangle Obtain (something that is desired) by persuading others to comply or by manipulating events. 1

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Origin of wangle

First appearance:

before 1810
One of the 40% newest English words
1810-20; blend of wag (the tongue) and dangle (about someone, i.e., hang around someone, court someone's favor)

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Parts of speech for Wangle


wangle popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 80% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for wangle

verb wangle

  • engineer — A person who designs, builds, or maintains engines, machines, or public works.
  • contrive — If you contrive an event or situation, you succeed in making it happen, often by tricking someone.
  • get — to receive or come to have possession, use, or enjoyment of: to get a birthday present; to get a pension.
  • obtain — to come into possession of; get, acquire, or procure, as through an effort or by a request: to obtain permission; to obtain a better income.
  • swing — to play (music) in the style of swing.

Antonyms for wangle

verb wangle

  • leave alone — separate, apart, or isolated from others: I want to be alone.

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