Definition of wriggle in English:


Pronunciation /ˈriɡəl/ /ˈrɪɡəl/

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  • 1Twist and turn with quick writhing movements.

    no object ‘the puppy wriggled in his arms’
    • ‘she wriggled her bare, brown toes’
    squirm, writhe, wiggle, jiggle, jerk, thresh, flounder, flail, twitch, turn, twist, twist and turn, zigzag
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    1. 1.1no object, with adverbial of direction Move in a particular direction with wriggling movements.
      • ‘Susie wriggled out of her clothes’
  • 2wriggle out ofno object Avoid (something) by devious means.

    • ‘don't try and wriggle out of your contract’
    avoid, shirk, dodge, evade, elude, sidestep, circumvent, eschew
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in singular
  • A wriggling movement.

    ‘she gave an impatient little wriggle’
    • ‘She gave a little wriggle of her shoulders, looking uncomfortable.’
    • ‘He was not gagged, which was a blessing, but the rope was tied tight and limited any movement to a caterpillar-like wriggle.’
    • ‘Sea creatures appear lashed by an ocean spray of brilliant white diamonds; the twisting form of an iguana brooch insinuates the darting wriggle of the animal's movements.’
    • ‘Verlust watched expectantly, and was rewarded by a wriggle in the vegetation that didn't match the movement of the rest in the soft breeze.’
    • ‘They do so with minimal effort, with an occasional wriggle of a flank and a sideways motion of a tail.’
    • ‘With an awkward wriggle, he dragged his head clear.’
    • ‘She felt her cousin wriggle beneath her when she landed on top of him, and she laughed, pleased with herself for turning his own trick back on him.’
    • ‘The wriggle brought Shawn into a half wakeful state and he groggily inhaled a faintly flowery scent.’
    • ‘Below him, Eric made a convulsive wriggle to get his legs around the bottom of the pipe.’
    • ‘Alas, three minutes later the fish does a wriggle down deep and the hook comes free.’
    • ‘He tried to move again but all he could manage was a wriggle under the blankets.’
    • ‘My mother's cat, so long terrified by my very presence, appears to be getting used to me, and now does an impressive, fawning wriggle at my feet every time I pass.’
    squirm, jiggle, wiggle, jerk, twist, turn
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Late 15th century from Middle Low German wriggelen, frequentative of wriggen ‘twist, turn’.