[ rig-uhl ]
/ ˈrɪg əl /
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verb (used without object), wrig·gled, wrig·gling.

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), wrig·gled, wrig·gling.

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.



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Origin of wriggle

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
wrig·gling·ly, adverboutwriggle, verb (used with object), out·wrig·gled, out·wrig·gling.un·wrig·gled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for wriggle

/ (ˈrɪɡəl) /


to make or cause to make twisting movements
(intr) to progress by twisting and turning
(intr; foll by into or out of) to manoeuvre oneself by clever or devious meanswriggle out of an embarrassing situation


a wriggling movement or action
a sinuous marking or course
wriggler, nounwriggly, adjective
C15: from Middle Low German; compare Dutch wriggelen
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