Wriggled
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]


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  • wriggled — wrig·gle || rɪgl n. act of wriggling, instance of moving back and forth as a worm or snake, writhing, squirming; evasion or escape (e.g. from a difficulty) v. twist to and fro, squirm, wiggle, worm; evade (something unpleasant); make wriggle …   English contemporary dictionary

  • wriggle — verb ADVERB ▪ uncomfortably ▪ The children wriggled uncomfortably in their seats. ▪ free ▪ The dog wriggled free of his grasp and ran off. ▪ about …   Collocations dictionary

  • wriggle — wrig|gle1 [ˈrıgəl] v [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Probably from Middle Low German wriggeln] 1.) to twist your body from side to side with small quick movements ▪ Stop wriggling and let me put your T shirt on. wriggle under/through/into ▪ He wriggled …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wriggle — [[t]rɪ̱g(ə)l[/t]] wriggles, wriggling, wriggled 1) VERB If you wriggle or wriggle part of your body, you twist and turn with quick movements, for example because you are uncomfortable. The babies are wriggling on their tummies... They were… …   English dictionary

  • wriggle — v. (d; intr.) to wriggle out of (he wriggled out of my grip) * * * [ rɪg(ə)l] (d; intr.) to wriggle out of (he wriggled out of my grip) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • wriggle — verb 1) she tried to hug him but he wriggled Syn: squirm, writhe, wiggle, jiggle, jerk, thresh, flounder, flail, twitch, twist and turn; snake, worm, slither 2) he wriggled out of his responsibilities …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • 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

  • wriggle — v. & n. v. 1 intr. (of a worm etc.) twist or turn its body with short writhing movements. 2 intr. (of a person or animal) make wriggling motions. 3 tr. & intr. (foll. by along etc.) move or go in this way (wriggled into the corner; wriggled his… …   Useful english dictionary

  • make haste — {v. phr.} To move fast; hurry. Rarely used in speaking. * /The dog wriggled into one end of the hollow log, and the rabbit made haste to get out the other end./ * /Mary saw that she had hurt Jane s feelings, and made haste to say she was sorry./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • make haste — {v. phr.} To move fast; hurry. Rarely used in speaking. * /The dog wriggled into one end of the hollow log, and the rabbit made haste to get out the other end./ * /Mary saw that she had hurt Jane s feelings, and made haste to say she was sorry./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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