1. engaged in a struggle to overcome especially poverty or obscurity
; - Example: "a financially struggling theater"- Example: "struggling artists"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Struggle \Strug"gle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Struggled; p. pr. &
vb. n. Struggling.] [OE. strogelen; cf. Icel. strj?ka to
stroke, to beat, to flog, Sw. stryka to stroke, to strike,
Dan. stryge, G. straucheln to stumble. Cf. Stroll.]
1. To strive, or to make efforts, with a twisting, or with
contortions of the body.
2. To use great efforts; to labor hard; to strive; to contend
forcibly; as, to struggle to save one's life; to struggle
with the waves; to struggle with adversity.
The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here,
have consecrated it [Gettysburg] far above our power
to add or detract. --Lincoln.
3. To labor in pain or anguish; to be in agony; to labor in
any kind of difficulty or distress.
'T is wisdom to beware,
And better shun the bait than struggle in the snare.
Syn: To strive; contend; labor; endeavor.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: engaged in a struggle to overcome especially poverty or
obscurity; "a financially struggling theater";
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
24 Moby Thesaurus words for "struggling":
battling, contending, contestant, contesting, disputant, drudging,
fighting, grinding, grubbing, hardworking, laboring, pegging,
plodding, plugging, quarrelsome, slaving, slogging, straining,
striving, sweating, toiling, warlike, warring, working