Definition of wriggle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    wriggle

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    verb
    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//
     
     
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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. 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.
  3. Word Origin late 15th cent.: from Middle Low German wriggelen, frequentative of wriggen ‘twist, turn’.Extra examples She wriggled her way under the heavy eiderdown. She wriggled out of his grip. The children wriggled uncomfortably in their seats. The dog wriggled free of his grasp and ran off. Can you wriggle your toes? She wriggled like an embarrassed child. The baby was wriggling around in my lap. The dog managed to wriggle free from his grasp. The fish wriggled out of my grasp. Phrasal Verbswriggle out of something
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