- 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[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. More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet. Word Origin late 15th cent.: from Middle Low German wriggelen, frequentative of wriggen
BrE BrE//ˈrɪɡl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪɡl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wriggle
BrE BrE//ˈrɪɡl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪɡl//he / she / it wriggles
BrE BrE//ˈrɪɡlz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪɡlz//past simple wriggled
BrE BrE//ˈrɪɡld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪɡld//past participle wriggled
BrE BrE//ˈrɪɡld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪɡld//-ing form wriggling
BrE BrE//ˈrɪɡlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪɡlɪŋ//