- An example of wriggle is twisting your hips back and forth so that you can get through a tight opening.
- An example of wriggle is to tell a series of lies to get out being held responsible for something that was done.
intransitive verb-·gled, -·gling
- to move to and fro with a twisting, writhing motion; twist and turn; squirm
- to move along with a wriggling motion
- to make one's way by subtle or shifty means; dodge; equivocate: to wriggle out of a difficulty
Origin of wriggleMiddle Low German wriggeln, akin to Old Frisian wrigia: see wry
- to cause to wriggle
- to bring into a specified condition, form, etc. by wriggling
verbwrig·gled, wrig·gling, wrig·gles
- To turn or twist the body or a body part with writhing motions: The rabbit's nose wriggled.
- To move or proceed with writhing motions: wriggle into a sleeping bag; wriggled out of his grasp.
- To move with a wriggling motion: wriggle a toe.
- To make (one's way, for example) by or as if by wriggling: He wriggled his way into her good graces.
Origin of wriggleMiddle English wrigglen perhaps from Middle Low German wriggeln ; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present wriggles, present participle wriggling, simple past and past participle wriggled)
- A wriggling movement.
Related to Old English wrigian (“to turn").