verb (used without object), wriggled, wriggling.
to twist to and fro; writhe; squirm.
to move along by twisting and turning the body, as a worm or snake.
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.
to cause to wriggle: to wriggle one's hips.
to bring, get, make, etc., by wriggling: to wriggle one's way through a narrow opening.
act of wriggling; a wriggling movement.

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

wrigglingly, adverb
outwriggle, verb (used with object), outwriggled, outwriggling.
unwriggled, adjective
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wriggle (ˈrɪɡəl)
1.  to make or cause to make twisting movements
2.  (intr) to progress by twisting and turning
3.  (intr; foll by into or out of) to manoeuvre oneself by clever or devious means: wriggle out of an embarrassing situation
4.  a wriggling movement or action
5.  a sinuous marking or course
[C15: from Middle Low German; compare Dutch wriggelen]

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Word Origin & History

1495, from M.L.G. wrigglen "to wriggle," from P.Gmc. *wrig-, *wreik- "to turn" (see wry). Related to O.E. wrigian "to turn, incline, go forward."
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Example sentences
It all comes to the same in the end, as the enemy said when he was wriggling on
  a lance point.
Sea snakes were everywhere, wriggling in and out of coral branches after small
  fish and eels.
Tobacco firms are wriggling around the new restrictions.
Virtually every manufacturer is wriggling to escape from the grip of its
  purchasing power.
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