wriggle


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wrig·gle

 (rĭg′əl)
v. wrig·gled, wrig·gling, wrig·gles
v.intr.
1. To turn or twist the body or a body part with writhing motions: The rabbit's nose wriggled.
2. To move or proceed with writhing motions: wriggle into a sleeping bag; wriggled out of his grasp.
v.tr.
1. To move with a wriggling motion: wriggle a toe.
2. To make (one's way, for example) by or as if by wriggling: He wriggled his way into her good graces.
n.
A wriggling movement.
Phrasal Verb:
wriggle out of
To extricate oneself from (an undesirable situation or responsibility, for example) by sly or subtle means: wriggled out of a jam.

[Middle English wrigglen, perhaps from Middle Low German wriggeln; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

wrig′gly adj.

wriggle

(ˈrɪɡəl)
vb
1. to make or cause to make twisting movements
2. (intr) to progress by twisting and turning
3. (intr; foll by into or out of) to manoeuvre oneself by clever or devious means: wriggle out of an embarrassing situation.
n
4. a wriggling movement or action
5. a sinuous marking or course
[C15: from Middle Low German; compare Dutch wriggelen]
ˈwriggler n
ˈwriggly adj

wrig•gle

(ˈrɪg əl)

v. -gled, -gling,
n. v.i.
1. to twist to and fro; writhe; squirm.
2. to move along by twisting and turning the body, as a worm or snake.
3. to make one's way by shifts or expedients (often fol. by out): to wriggle out of a difficulty.
v.t.
4. to cause to wriggle: to wriggle one's hips.
5. to bring, get, make, etc., by wriggling: to wriggle one's way through a tunnel.
n.
6. the act of wriggling; a wriggling movement.
[1485–95; < Middle Low German wriggelen (c. Dutch wriggelen), frequentative of *wriggen to twist, turn, akin to Old English wrīgian to twist; see wry]

wriggle


Past participle: wriggled
Gerund: wriggling

Imperative
wriggle
wriggle
Present
I wriggle
you wriggle
he/she/it wriggles
we wriggle
you wriggle
they wriggle
Preterite
I wriggled
you wriggled
he/she/it wriggled
we wriggled
you wriggled
they wriggled
Present Continuous
I am wriggling
you are wriggling
he/she/it is wriggling
we are wriggling
you are wriggling
they are wriggling
Present Perfect
I have wriggled
you have wriggled
he/she/it has wriggled
we have wriggled
you have wriggled
they have wriggled
Past Continuous
I was wriggling
you were wriggling
he/she/it was wriggling
we were wriggling
you were wriggling
they were wriggling
Past Perfect
I had wriggled
you had wriggled
he/she/it had wriggled
we had wriggled
you had wriggled
they had wriggled
Future
I will wriggle
you will wriggle
he/she/it will wriggle
we will wriggle
you will wriggle
they will wriggle
Future Perfect
I will have wriggled
you will have wriggled
he/she/it will have wriggled
we will have wriggled
you will have wriggled
they will have wriggled
Future Continuous
I will be wriggling
you will be wriggling
he/she/it will be wriggling
we will be wriggling
you will be wriggling
they will be wriggling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been wriggling
you have been wriggling
he/she/it has been wriggling
we have been wriggling
you have been wriggling
they have been wriggling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been wriggling
you will have been wriggling
he/she/it will have been wriggling
we will have been wriggling
you will have been wriggling
they will have been wriggling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been wriggling
you had been wriggling
he/she/it had been wriggling
we had been wriggling
you had been wriggling
they had been wriggling
Conditional
I would wriggle
you would wriggle
he/she/it would wriggle
we would wriggle
you would wriggle
they would wriggle
Past Conditional
I would have wriggled
you would have wriggled
he/she/it would have wriggled
we would have wriggled
you would have wriggled
they would have wriggled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wriggle - the act of wigglingwriggle - the act of wiggling      
movement, motility, motion, move - a change of position that does not entail a change of location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility"
Verb1.wriggle - to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)wriggle - to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling); "The prisoner writhed in discomfort"; "The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace"
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
wrench - make a sudden twisting motion

wriggle

verb
1. jiggle, turn, twist, jerk, squirm, writhe The audience were fidgeting and wriggling in their seats.
2. wiggle, jerk, wag, jiggle, waggle She pulled off her shoes and stockings and wriggled her toes.
3. crawl, snake, worm, twist and turn, zigzag, slink Bauman wriggled along the passage on his stomach.
noun
1. twist, turn, jerk, wag, squirm, wiggle, jiggle, waggle With a wriggle, he freed himself from her grasp and ran off.
wriggle out of something twist, avoid, duck, dodge, extricate yourself from, talk your way out of, worm your way out of The government is trying to wriggle out of its responsibilities.

wriggle

verb
To move or proceed with short irregular motions up and down or from side to side:
Translations
تَلَوٍّيَتَلَوّى
izgés-mozgás
iîa, engjast til og frá
išsisukinėjantis žmogussukinėjimasissukinėtis
grozīšanāsgrozītiesizlocītieslocīšanāslocīties
krútenievykrútiť sa
zvijati se
kıpır kıpır kıpırdanmakyerinde duramamayerinde duramamak

wriggle

[ˈrɪgl]
A. VTmover
to wriggle one's toes/fingersmover los dedos de los pies/de las manos
to wriggle one's way through sthavanzar con dificultad a través de algo
B. VI (also wriggle about or around) [person, animal] (restlessly) → moverse, revolverse; (in pain) → retorcerse; [worm, snake, eel] → serpentear; [fish] → colear
to wriggle alongmoverse serpenteando
to wriggle awayescaparse serpenteando
to wriggle downbajarse serpenteando
to wriggle freeescaparse, escurrirse
to wriggle through a holedeslizarse por un agujero
to wriggle out of a difficultyescabullirse, escaparse de un apuro

wriggle

[ˈrɪgəl]
ntortillement m
vi
[person, worm, snake] → se tortiller; [fish] → frétiller
to wriggle in anticipation → frétiller d'impatience
The children were wriggling in anticipation → Les enfants frétillaient d'impatience.
to wriggle into sth → se tortiller pour enfiler qch
to wriggle out of sb's arms → s'extirper des bras de qn
to wriggle free → s'extirper
(fig) to wriggle out of sth → se défiler et ne pas faire qch
to wriggle out of doing sth → se défiler et ne pas faire qch
vt [+ toes, fingers] → remuer
She wriggled her toes → Elle remua les orteils.

wriggle

nSchlängeln nt no pl; (of child, fish)Zappeln nt no pl; to give a wriggle (worm, snake, eel)sich schlängeln; (fish)sich winden, zappeln
vt toes, earswackeln mit; to wriggle one’s way through somethingsich durch etw (hin)durchwinden or -schlängeln
vi (also wriggle about or around) (worm, snake, eel)sich schlängeln; (fish)sich winden, zappeln; (person) (restlessly, excitedly) → zappeln; (in embarrassment) → sich winden; to wriggle along/downsich vorwärtsschlängeln/nach unten schlängeln; the fish wriggled off the hookder Fisch wand sich vom Haken; she managed to wriggle freees gelang ihr, sich loszuwinden; he wriggled through the hole in the hedgeer wand or schlängelte sich durch das Loch in der Hecke; do stop wriggling abouthör endlich mit der Zappelei auf

wriggle

[ˈrɪgl]
1. vt (toes, fingers) → muovere
to wriggle one's way through (tunnel) → attraversare strisciando (undergrowth) → strisciare in
2. vi (also wriggle about or around) → agitarsi, dimenarsi; (fish, on hook) → contorcersi
to wriggle along/down → avanzare/scendere strisciando
to wriggle free → liberarsi contorcendosi
to wriggle through a hole → contorcersi per passare attraverso un buco
he managed to wriggle out of it (fig) → se l'è cavata con un espediente
3. ncontorsione f

wriggle

(ˈrigl) verb
to twist to and fro. The child kept wriggling in his seat; How are you going to wriggle out of this awkward situation?
noun
a wriggling movement.
ˈwriggler noun
References in classic literature ?
With a kind of wriggle, like a fish returned to the brook by the fisherman, Biddlebaum the silent began to talk, striving to put into words the ideas that had been accumulated by his mind during long years of silence.
They ha ve got Frank by the scruff of the neck -- he can't wriggle himself free -- and he makes a merit of yielding to sheer necessity.
Pointing to the rock, she showed him an opening just big enough for a man to wriggle through.
They had difficulty in negotiating some of the doorways, but as the buildings fronting the city's principal exposures were all designed upon a magnificent scale, they were able to wriggle through without sticking fast; and thus we finally made the inner court where I found, as I had expected, the usual carpet of moss-like vegetation which would prove their food and drink until I could return them to their own enclosure.
The black struggled to arise--to turn upon the creature that had seized him--to wriggle from its hold; but all to no purpose.
Pain, pain and pleasure, they are for us only so long as we wriggle in the dust.
I used to wriggle along in a most unseemly fashion, like an eel, continually moving aside to make way for generals, for officers of the guards and the hussars, or for ladies.
But still he followed the dreadful roar of the Minotaur, which now grew louder and louder, and finally so very loud that Theseus fully expected to come close upon him, at every new zizgag and wriggle of the path.
I selected Sylvie as my informant, because from her I knew that I should at least get a sensible answer, unaccompanied by wriggle, titter, or other flourish of folly.
If I was oo," said Bruno, "I wouldn't wriggle so early.
But this well set-up fisher-youth did not wriggle, looked at him with eyes steady, clear, and unflinching, and spoke in a tone distinctly, even startlingly, respectful.
But the only thing about him that could be fixed upon as remarkable was his staff, which bore the likeness of a great black snake, so curiously wrought that it might almost be seen to twist and wriggle itself like a living serpent.