Simple Definition of wriggle
: to twist from side to side with small quick movements like a worm
: to move forward by twisting and turning
Full Definition of wriggle
wrig·gledwrig·gling play \-g(ə-)liŋ\
1 : to move the body or a bodily part to and fro with short writhing motions like a worm : squirm
2 : to move or advance by twisting and turning
3 : to extricate or insinuate oneself or reach a goal as if by wriggling
1 : to cause to move in short quick contortions
2 : to introduce, insinuate, or bring into a state or place by or as if by wriggling
Examples of wriggle
The children wriggled and squirmed in their chairs.
She managed to wriggle free of her ropes.
They wriggled out of their wet clothes.
I had trouble getting the wriggling fish off my hook.
The snake wriggled across the path and went underneath a bush.
He was able to wriggle through the narrow opening.
Origin 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
Definition of wriggle
1 : a short or quick writhing motion or contortion
2 : a formation or marking of sinuous design
First Known Use of wriggle
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