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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

Full Definition of wriggle

wrig·gledwrig·gling 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

wrig·gly play \-g(ə-)lē\ adjective

Examples of wriggle

  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 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

Rhymes with wriggle


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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




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