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wriggle

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verb wrig·gle \ˈri-gəl\

Simple Definition of wriggle

  • : to twist from side to side with small quick movements like a worm

  • : to move forward by twisting and turning

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of wriggle

wriggled

wriggling

play \-g(ə-)liŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to move the body or a bodily part to and fro with short writhing motions like a worm :  squirm

  3. 2 :  to move or advance by twisting and turning

  4. 3 :  to extricate or insinuate oneself or reach a goal as if by wriggling

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to cause to move in short quick contortions

  7. 2 :  to introduce, insinuate, or bring into a state or place by or as if by wriggling

wriggly

play \-g(ə-)lē\ adjective

Examples of wriggle in a sentence

  1. The children wriggled and squirmed in their chairs.

  2. She managed to wriggle free of her ropes.

  3. They wriggled out of their wet clothes.

  4. I had trouble getting the wriggling fish off my hook.

  5. The snake wriggled across the path and went underneath a bush.

  6. He was able to wriggle through the narrow opening.



Origin and Etymology of wriggle

Middle English, from or akin to Middle Low German wriggeln to wriggle; akin to Old English wrigian to turn — more at wry


First Known Use: 15th century


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wriggle

noun wrig·gle

Definition of wriggle

  1. 1 :  a short or quick writhing motion or contortion

  2. 2 :  a formation or marking of sinuous design



1709

First Known Use of wriggle

1709



WRIGGLE Defined for Kids

wriggle

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verb wrig·gle \ˈri-gəl\

Definition of wriggle for Students

wriggled

wriggling

  1. 1 :  to twist or move like a worm :  squirm, wiggle

  2. 2 :  to advance by twisting and turning <Her dog … would wriggle under the fence and run about … — Lois Lowry, Number the Stars>



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