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Definitions for wriggle
ˈrɪg əlwrig·gle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wiggle, wriggle, squirmverb

    the act of wiggling

  2. writhe, wrestle, wriggle, worm, squirm, twistverb

    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"


  1. wrigglenoun

    A wriggling movement.

  2. wriggleverb

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

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

  3. wriggleverb

    To cause to or make something wriggle.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Wriggleverb

    To put in a quick reciprocating motion; to introduce by shifting motion.

    Ralpho was mounted now, and gotten
    O’erthwart his beast with active vaulting,
    Wriggling his body to recover
    His seat, and cast his right leg over. Hudibras.

    A slim thin-gutted fox made a hard shift to wriggle his body into a hen-roost. Roger L'Estrange.

  2. To WRIGGLEverb

    To move to and fro with short motions.

    Etymology: wrigan , Saxon; ruggelen, Dutch.

    If sheep or thy lamb fall a wrigling with tail,
    Go by and by search it, whiles help may prevail. Thomas Tusser.

    The busy importunities of these extensional phantasms I look upon as contemptuously, as upon the quick wrigglings up and down of pismires. More.

    The excellency of sawing is to keep kerf exactly in the line marked to be sawn, without wriggling on either side. Joseph Moxon, Mech. Exer.

    To bed went the bridegroom and the bride:
    Was never such an ill-pair’d couple ty’d;
    Restless he toss’d, and tumbled to and fro,
    And roll’d and wriggled farther off for woe. Dryden.

    How wildly will ambition steer!
    A vermin wriggling in th’ usurper’s ear. Dryden.

    And both he and his successors would often wriggle in their seats as long as the cushion lasted. Jonathan Swift.


  1. wriggle

    Wriggle means to move with twisting or squirming motions, often in a quick or subtle way. This movement can be applied to both creatures and objects. It can also mean to cause something to twist or squirm, or maneuver oneself or an object into or out of a situation using clever or deceitful methods.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wriggleverb

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

  2. Wriggleverb

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

  3. Wriggleadjective

    wriggling; frisky; pliant; flexible

  4. Etymology: [Freq. of wrig, probably from OE. wrikken to move to and fro; cf. LG. wriggeln, D. wrikken, Sw. vricka, Dan. vrikke.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wriggle

    rig′l, v.i. to twist to and fro: to move sinuously: to use crooked means.—v.t. to cause to wriggle.—n. the motion of wriggling.—ns. Wrigg′ler, one who wriggles: one who uses trickery; Wrigg′ling;. [A freq. of obs. wrig, to move about, itself a variant of wrick, M. E. wrikken, to twist; cf. Dut. wriggelen, to wriggle.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wriggle in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wriggle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of wriggle in a Sentence

  1. Adam Hartstone-Rose:

    The pseudothumb is definitely more than just a nub, it has both a bone and cartilaginous extension and three distinct muscles that move it. The pseudothumb can wriggle in space and exert an amount of force equivalent to almost half the aye-ayes body weight. So it would be quite useful for gripping.

  2. John Updike:

    It seems to me the book has not just aesthetic values-- the charming little clothy box of the thing, the smell of the glue, even the print, which has its own beauty. But there's something about the sensation of ink on paper that is in some sense a thing, a phenomenon rather than an epiphenomenon. I can't break the association of electric trash with the computer screen. Words on the screen give the sense of being just another passing electronic wriggle.

  3. Raheel Khursheed:

    I do hope Twitter stands up for its users and rolls back [ their decision to block tweets, ] but there is not much wriggle room in terms of compliance because now there is jail time for this sort of stuff.

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