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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 ?
Meg always insisted upon it that the kiss won the victory, for after it was given, Demi sobbed more quietly, and lay quite still at the bottom of the bed, whither he had wriggled in his anguish of mind.
This was the cause, my father: when they struck the man he had wriggled back a little way and died there, and none had entered from the farther side to drag him out.
But just as Teddy was stooping, something wriggled a little in the dust, and a tiny voice said: "Be careful.
McGREGOR came up with a sieve, which he intended to pop upon the top of Peter; but Peter wriggled out just in time, leaving his jacket behind him.
I wriggled myself quickly to the top of the being, or object, half out of the water, which served us for a refuge.
As he did so a slouching monster wriggled out of one of the places, further up this strange street, and stood up in featureless silhouette against the bright green beyond, staring at me.
Then something resembling a little grey snake, about the thickness of a walking stick, coiled up out of the writhing middle, and wriggled in the air towards me--and then another.
He, too, went there chiefly on holidays, He, too, turned out of his path for generals and persons of high rank, and he too, wriggled between them like an eel; but people, like me, or even better dressed than me, he simply walked over; he made straight for them as though there was nothing but empty space before him, and never, under any circumstances, turned aside.
He wriggled in his jacket to make a more comfortable fit, and kneel- ing relaced his shoe.
She caught both Diana's wrists with her left hand as she spoke, and with her right she took the bow from her shoulders, and laughed as she beat her with it about the ears while Diana wriggled and writhed under her blows.
He writhed and wriggled under the infliction, but, fully convinced of my skill, endured the pain like a martyr.
Embracing the huge cylinder, as closely as possible, with his arms and knees, seizing with his hands some projections, and resting his naked toes upon others, Jupiter, after one or two narrow escapes from falling, at length wriggled himself into the first great fork, and seemed to consider the whole business as virtually accomplished.