Definition of grapple in English:


Line breaks: grap¦ple
Pronunciation: /ˈgrap(ə)l


  • 2 [with object] archaic Seize or hold with a grappling hook.
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    • This said, they grappled him with more than hundred hooks.
    • The enemy being three to one grappled him contemptuously with iron hooks, and when the ships were fastened together the battle was fought as though it were on land.


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  • 1An act of grappling.
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    • Over 40 separate maneuvers are available to The Hulk via his combat system, which consists of a number of punches, jumps, and grapples.
    • Over time, Kang learns new fighting techniques, including grapples and disarming, as well as stunt-driving maneuvers.
    • These grapple types are performed by pressing up, down, left or right in conjunction with an attack button, making for 16 grapples per wrestler.
  • 1.1 informal A wrestling match.
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    • ‘Nice,’ Anna retorted, not fully understanding Leanne's explanation of the grapple but pretending that she did anyway.
    • A brief grapple ensued, pushing and shoving aplenty all round, and I duly broke free, uninjured and unrobbed.
    • He likes nothing better than locking arms, hooking thumbs and hunkering down for a quick grapple on a table.
  • 2An instrument for seizing hold of something; a grappling hook.
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    • A combination of factors, including species, pile height and operator preference had led him to look for a new grapple, in this case one that didn't yet exist.
    • At a project in New Jersey, a One-Line System was used with a conventional, midsize, two-drum cable crane and a grapple to clean out debris from behind a dam.
    • It's another difficult wreck to shot, lying along the tide with a smooth keel exposed, so the grapple has little to catch on.



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  • Typical aikido practice doesn't include the kind of fighting and short-range drills that are practiced by wrestlers and other grapplers.
  • In this film we have cast some of the very best grapplers and cage fighters, so you will see loads of grappling, take downs and chokes - a lot more than ever before.
  • He says the first thing wannabe grapplers are taught is how to fall properly, because safety is paramount, and they then progress onto a basic move called the collar and elbow tie-up, which is the move that starts most matches.


Middle English (as a noun denoting a grappling hook): from Old French grapil, from Provençal, diminutive of grapa 'hook', of Germanic origin; related to grape. The verb dates from the mid 16th century.

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