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.
The rabbit's nose wriggled.
Wriggle into a sleeping bag; wriggled out of his grasp.
To wriggle out of a difficulty.
He was sitting on the lawn, wriggling his toes in the grass.
Wriggle a toe.
He wriggled his way into her good graces.
Origin of wriggle
- Middle English wrigglen perhaps from Middle Low German wriggeln wer-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Related to Old English wrigian (“to turn").