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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n struggler a person who struggles with difficulties or with great effort
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Struggler One who struggles.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n struggler One who or that which struggles; one who strives or contends with violent effort.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Struggler one who struggles, strives, or contends
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Skeat explains M. E. strogelen as a weakened form of an assumed strokelen, a freq. verb, from Ice. strok-, stem of strokinn, pa.p. of strjúka, to strike; cf. Ice. strokka, to churn, also Sw. stryka, to strike.


In literature:

She had the aptitude of the struggler who seeks emancipation.
"Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser
To push on in the crowd, every male or female struggler must use his shoulders.
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The last rattles of the valiant struggler guided them amid the ruins.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
Yet the strugglers persisted.
"The Spinner's Book of Fiction" by Various
Johnson was 'an old struggler.
"Obiter Dicta Second Series" by Augustine Birrell
Neither struggler in this tragic strife moves the other.
"Classic French Course in English" by William Cleaver Wilkinson
For the struggler there's nothing worth bothering with that doesn't take him forward.
"The Fighting Shepherdess" by Caroline Lockhart
It is a struggle of no common sort, as you will suppose, you who know the circumstances of the struggler.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
It is a sordid, unlovely place, but for some ten thousand wage-strugglers it is all of England.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
The route of the strugglers lay either across sponge or rock, and the choice was not exhilarating.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
The strugglers on the hillside paths, each and all, turned toward me.
"Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 1, March 1906" by Various
Held in the friendly hands of the 'strugglers,' the black coffin slowly sank into the earth.
"Contemporary Russian Novelists" by Serge Persky
The young waterman has leaped back to his own boat, and is pulling straight for the strugglers.
"Gwen Wynn" by Mayne Reid
The young waterman has leaped back to his own boat, and is pulling straight for the strugglers.
"Gwen Wynn" by Mayne Reid
Neither struggler in this tragic strife moves the other.
"French Classics" by William Cleaver Wilkinson
Bellshaw stared at the strugglers with his eyes bulging.
"The Sweep Winner" by Nat Gould
The long strain of the march had established a brotherly sympathy amongst the trio of human strugglers.
"My Attainment of the Pole" by Frederick A. Cook
The next moment the struggler was snapped up by a shark.
"The New Paul and Virginia" by W. H. Mallock
By this time two of the strugglers had disappeared.
"Guy Fawkes" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Many enormously wealthy strugglers were wasting coin and labor in a vain effort to bribe a smile from these really unimportant persons.
"What Will People Say?" by Rupert Hughes

In poetry:

I must return, I firmly said,
The strugglers in that sea
Shall not reach out beseeching hands
In vain for help to me.
"Fishers Of Men" by Frances Ellen Watkins
Yon bird, the swiftest in the sky,
Before him sprang, but he
Has passed her as a wind goes by
A struggler in the sea.
"The Young Man's Song" by Sydney Thompson Dobell

In news:

Burd early & the strugglers live.
Burd early (aka james angelos) & the strugglers (aka randy bickford) bring the country to you.
Henning Berg is keen for Blackburn to display the extra quality that turns performances into points, starting with this weekend's trip to face Championship strugglers Peterborough.
Freiburg moved up to eighth with a 1-0 win over bottom club Furth, while Nuremberg stayed above Wolfsburg on goal difference after beating fellow strugglers Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-0.
My sharing it–something I would never have done in earlier years–is partly to deal with it and partly in the hope that someone else may be dealing with the same bete noir and find comfort from a fellow struggler.
11 WEDNESDAY Nashville-based Diana Darby plays atmospheric twang-pop, and Chapel Hill's Randy Bickford of The Strugglers performs laid-back country and folk with a deep, mellow voice.
Hull City have recalled forward Mark Cullen from his loan spell at League One strugglers Bury.

In science:

This theory is similar to that proposed to explain blue strugglers in clusters.
The Origin and Shaping of Planetary Nebulae: Putting the Binary Hypothesis to the Test