Wriggle Wrig"gle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Wriggled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wriggling}.] [Freq. of wrig, probably from OE. wrikken to move to and fro; cf. LG. wriggeln, D. wrikken, Sw. vricka, Dan. vrikke.] To move the body to and fro with short, writhing motions, like a worm; to squirm; to twist uneasily or quickly about. [1913 Webster]

Both he and successors would often wriggle in their seats, as long as the cushion lasted. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Wriggle — Wrig gle, n. Act of wriggling; a short or quick writhing motion or contortion. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • wriggle — I UK [ˈrɪɡ(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms wriggle : present tense I/you/we/they wriggle he/she/it wriggles present participle wriggling past tense wriggled past participle wriggled to move, or to make something move, by… …   English dictionary

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