• From Middle English wresten, wrasten, wræsten, from Old English wrǣstan, from Proto-Germanic *wraistijaną, (compare Proto-Germanic *wrīhaną, *wrīþaną, Old Norse reista), from a derivative of Proto-Indo-European *wreiḱ-, *wreyḱ-, *wreyt-. See also writhe, wry.
  • The noun is derived from the verb.
  • Possibly a variant of wrist: see the quotation. Wrist is also derived from *wrīþaną, from a derivative of Proto-Indo-European *wreiḱ-, *wreyḱ-, *wreyt-.
  • A misspelling of rest, probably influenced by wrest (etymology 1, verb and noun).

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