Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Dictionary Suite
Display options


parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
Word Combinations (verb), Homophone Note, Word Builder, Word Explorer
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: wrings, wringing, wrung
definition 1: to twist and squeeze tightly, as between the hands or between rollers.
Please wring the wet towel over the sink.
similar words:
compress, mangle, press, squeeze, twist
definition 2: to press out or extract by or as though by this means.
We wrung the water out of the wet clothes.We'll wring the truth out of you!
similar words:
coerce, exact, extort, press, squeeze, tear, wrench, wrest
definition 3: to afflict as though by twisting and squeezing.
It wrings my heart to see you suffer.
similar words:
afflict, harrow, pain, pierce, rack, rend, torment
definition 4: to clasp and squeeze together (the hands), as in frustration, anxiety, or distress.
She wrung her hands in despair.
similar words:
clasp, squeeze, twist
definition 5: to break by twisting (a bird's neck or the like).
They killed the birds by wringing their necks.
similar words:
break, twist
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to twist and squeeze something.
Wring gently so you don't damage the material.
similar words:
press, squeeze, twist
Word CombinationsSubscriber feature About this feature
part of speech: noun
definition: the act of twisting and squeezing; wringing.
She gave the wet suit a good wring.
similar words:
squeeze, twist
Homophone Note
The words wring and ring sound alike but have different meanings.
Word Builder: wring +
  • wringer:
    a machine that wrings wet clothes in order to squeeze the water out of them.
Word Explorer