Wrestling is a sport in which two athletes compete to see who can hold the other down, using specific moves. If you enjoy grappling with your brother, pinning each other to the couch, you might want to take up wrestling.

Wrestling is one of the oldest sports, dating back to the ancient Babylonians and Egyptians. The original Greek Olympics included a brutal, violent form of wrestling. If you watch or participate in high school or college wrestling, you know that these days, it's a highly controlled, athletic sport. So-called professional wrestling, on the other hand, is mainly a form of entertainment, featuring gaudy costumes and elaborately choreographed moves.

Definitions of wrestling

n the sport of hand-to-hand struggle between unarmed contestants who try to throw each other down

grappling, rassling
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flying mare
a wrestling maneuver
Greco-Roman wrestling
a style of wrestling where the wrestlers are forbidden to tackle or trip or use holds below the waist
professional wrestling
wrestling for money
a Japanese form of wrestling; you lose if you are forced out of a small ring or if any part of your body (other than your feet) touches the ground
Type of:
contact sport
a sport that necessarily involves body contact between opposing players

n the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat

grapple, grappling, hand-to-hand struggle, wrestle
Type of:
strenuous effort

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