Definitions for wriggleˈrɪg əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wrig•gleˈrɪg əl(v.; n.)-gled, -gling

  1. (v.i.)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 fol. by out):

    to wriggle out of a difficulty.

  4. (v.t.)to cause to wriggle:

    to wriggle one's hips.

  5. to bring, get, make, etc., by wriggling:

    to wriggle one's way through a tunnel.

  6. (n.)the act of wriggling; a wriggling movement.

Origin of wriggle:

1485–95; < MLG wriggelen (c. D wriggelen), freq. of *wriggen to twist, turn, akin to OE wrīgian to twist; see wry

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wiggle, wriggle, squirm(verb)

    the act of wiggling

  2. writhe, wrestle, wriggle, worm, squirm, twist(verb)

    to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)

    "The prisoner writhed in discomfort"; "The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. wriggle(verb)ˈrɪg əl

    to move with small, quick twisting movements

    He wriggled out from under the bed.


  1. wriggle(Noun)

    A wriggling movement.

  2. wriggle(Verb)

    To slightly twist one's body and quickly move one's limbs.

    Teachers often lose their patience when children wriggle in their seats.

  3. wriggle(Verb)

    To cause to or make something wriggle.

    He was sitting on the lawn, wriggling his toes in the grass.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wriggle(verb)

    to move the body to and fro with short, writhing motions, like a worm; to squirm; to twist uneasily or quickly about

  2. Wriggle(verb)

    to move with short, quick contortions; to move by twisting and squirming; like a worm

  3. Wriggle(adj)

    wriggling; frisky; pliant; flexible

Anagrams of wriggle

  1. wiggler

Translations for wriggle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a wriggling movement.

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