verb wrig·gle \ˈri-gəl\

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

: to move forward by twisting and turning

wrig·gledwrig·gling \-g(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of WRIGGLE

intransitive verb
:  to move the body or a bodily part to and fro with short writhing motions like a worm :  squirm
:  to move or advance by twisting and turning
:  to extricate or insinuate oneself or reach a goal as if by wriggling
transitive verb
:  to cause to move in short quick contortions
:  to introduce, insinuate, or bring into a state or place by or as if by wriggling
wrig·gly \-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



Definition of WRIGGLE

:  a short or quick writhing motion or contortion
:  a formation or marking of sinuous design

First Known Use of WRIGGLE


Rhymes with WRIGGLE

WRIGGLING Defined for Kids


verb wrig·gle \ˈri-gəl\

Definition of WRIGGLE for Kids

:  to twist or move like a worm :  squirm, wiggle
:  to advance by twisting and turning <Her dog … would wriggle under the fence and run about … — Lois Lowry, Number the Stars>

Headscratcher for WRIGGLE

Take the r out of wriggle and you have one of its synonyms: wiggle!


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