Wriggle meaning

rĭgəl
Wriggle is defined as to twist and turn, or to get in or out of a situation using unfavorable actions.

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.

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To turn or twist the body or a body part with writhing motions.

The rabbit's nose wriggled.

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To move or proceed with writhing motions.

Wriggle into a sleeping bag; wriggled out of his grasp.

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To move to and fro with a twisting, writhing motion; twist and turn; squirm.
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To make one's way by subtle or shifty means; dodge; equivocate.

To wriggle out of a difficulty.

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To cause to wriggle.
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To bring into a specified condition, form, etc. by wriggling.
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A wriggling movement or action.
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To cause to or make something wriggle.

He was sitting on the lawn, wriggling his toes in the grass.

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A wriggling movement.
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To move with a wriggling motion.

Wriggle a toe.

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To make (one's way, for example) by or as if by wriggling.

He wriggled his way into her good graces.

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A wriggling movement.
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To move along with a wriggling motion.
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(intransitive) To twist one's body to and fro with short, writhing motions; to squirm.

Teachers often lose their patience when children wriggle in their seats.

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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").

    From Wiktionary