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wriggle

[rig-uh l] /ˈrɪg əl/
verb (used without object), wriggled, wriggling.
1.
to twist to and fro; writhe; squirm.
2.
to move along by twisting and turning the body, as a worm or snake.
3.
to make one's way by shifts or expedients (often followed by out):
to wriggle out of a difficulty.
verb (used with object), wriggled, wriggling.
4.
to cause to wriggle:
to wriggle one's hips.
5.
to bring, get, make, etc., by wriggling:
to wriggle one's way through a narrow opening.
noun
6.
act of wriggling; a wriggling movement.
Origin of wriggle
1485-1495
1485-95; < Middle Low German wriggelen (cognate with Dutch wriggelen), frequentative of *wriggen to twist, turn, akin to Old English wrīgian to twist; see wry
Related forms
wrigglingly, adverb
outwriggle, verb (used with object), outwriggled, outwriggling.
unwriggled, adjective
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  • They can never sit still, but wriggle restlessly about on their seats, pick their nostrils, and bite their nails.

  • But being small Pee-wee was able to wriggle out of almost anything.

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • Jimmy was beginning to wriggle, but he kept up a last desperate presence of not understanding them.

    Baby Mine Margaret Mayo
  • Then he allowed it to wriggle about until in time its head faced the Englishmen.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • To wriggle under a cavity in this stone and come out on the other side, is an infallible remedy for lumbago.

British Dictionary definitions for wriggle

wriggle

/ˈrɪɡəl/
verb
1.
to make or cause to make twisting movements
2.
(intransitive) to progress by twisting and turning
3.
(intransitive; foll by into or out of) to manoeuvre oneself by clever or devious means: wriggle out of an embarrassing situation
noun
4.
a wriggling movement or action
5.
a sinuous marking or course
Derived Forms
wriggler, noun
wriggly, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Middle Low German; compare Dutch wriggelen
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Word Origin and History for wriggle
v.

late 15c., from Middle Low German wrigglen "to wriggle," from Proto-Germanic *wrig-, *wreik- "to turn" (see wry). Related to Old English wrigian "to turn, incline, go forward."

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