grapple (n.) Look up grapple at
"iron hook for fastening one thing to another," late 13c., from Old French grapil "hook" (see grapnel).
grapple (v.) Look up grapple at
1520s, "seize and hold fast," originally in reference to a ship, by means of a grapple, from grapple (n.). Extended sense of "battle, struggle in close contact" (usually with with) is from 1580s of persons, 1630s of immaterial things. Related: Grappled; grappling. Grappling hook is from 1620s.