Wrangle vs Tangle - What's the difference?

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In lang=en terms the difference between wrangle and tangle

is that wrangle is to involve in a quarrel or dispute; to embroil while tangle is to catch and hold.

As verbs the difference between wrangle and tangle

is that wrangle is to bicker, or quarrel angrily and noisily while tangle is to become mixed together or intertwined.

As nouns the difference between wrangle and tangle

is that wrangle is an act of wrangling while tangle is a tangled twisted mass or tangle can be any large type of seaweed, especially a species of laminaria .




  • To bicker, or quarrel angrily and noisily.
  • * Shakespeare
  • For a score of kingdoms you should wrangle .
  • * Addison
  • He did not know what it was to wrangle on indifferent points.
  • to herd horses or other livestock
  • To involve in a quarrel or dispute; to embroil.
  • * Bishop Robert Sanderson
  • When we have wrangled ourselves as long as our wits and strengths will serve us, the honest, downright sober English Protestant will be found in the end the man that walketh in the safest way, and by the surest line.
  • I don't know how, but she managed to wrangle us four front row seats at tonight's game.


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * wrangler


    (en noun)
  • An act of wrangling.
  • An angry dispute.
  • See also

    * wangle



    (wikipedia tangle)

    Etymology 1

    Origin uncertain; apparently a variant form of (tagle).


  • to become mixed together or intertwined
  • Her hair was tangled from a day in the wind.
  • to be forced into some kind of situation
  • to enter into an argument, conflict, dispute, or fight
  • Don't tangle with someone three times your size.
    He tangled with the law.
  • to mix together or intertwine
  • to catch and hold
  • * Milton
  • Tangled in amorous nets.
  • * Crashaw
  • When my simple weakness strays, / Tangled in forbidden ways.
    * (to become mixed together or intertwined) dishevel, tousle * (to be forced into some kind of situation) drag, drag in, embroil, sweep, sweep up * argue, conflict, dispute, fight * (to mix together or intertwine) entangle, knot, mat, snarl * (to catch and hold) entrap
    * (to mix together or intertwine) untangle, unsnarl


    (en noun)
  • A tangled twisted mass.
  • A complicated or confused state or condition.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Boundary problems , passage=Economics is a messy discipline: too fluid to be a science, too rigorous to be an art. Perhaps it is fitting that economists’ most-used metric, gross domestic product (GDP), is a tangle too. GDP measures the total value of output in an economic territory. Its apparent simplicity explains why it is scrutinised down to tenths of a percentage point every month.}}
  • An argument, conflict, dispute, or fight.
  • (mathematics) A region of the projection of a knot such that the knot crosses its perimeter exactly four times.
  • Synonyms
    * (tangled twisted mass) knot, mess, snarl * (complicated or confused state or condition) maze, snarl * argument, conflict, dispute, fight

    Etymology 2

    Of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian tongul, Faroese tongul, Icelandic .


    (en noun)
  • Any large type of seaweed, especially a species of Laminaria .
  • * 1849 , , In Memoriam , 10:
  • Than if with thee the roaring wells / Should gulf him fathom-deep in brine; / And hands so often clasped in mine, / Should toss with tangle and with shells.
  • (in the plural) An instrument consisting essentiallly of an iron bar to which are attached swabs, or bundles of frayed rope, or other similar substances, used to capture starfishes, sea urchins, and other similar creatures living at the bottom of the sea.