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Definition of wriggle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wriggle
    he / she / it wriggles
    past simple wriggled
    -ing form wriggling
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to twist and turn your body or part of it with quick short movements synonym wiggle wriggle (about/around) The baby was wriggling around on my lap. wriggle something She wriggled her toes.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to move somewhere by twisting and turning your body or part of it synonym squirm (+ adv./prep.) The fish wriggled out of my fingers. + adj. She managed to wriggle free. wriggle your way/yourself + adv./prep. They wriggled their way through the tunnel. He wriggled himself into a comfortable position.
  3. NAmE//ˈrɪɡli//
    adjective a wriggly worm
  4. Phrasal Verbswriggle out of something/out of doing something
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