wriggling


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.wriggling - moving in a twisting or snake-like or wormlike fashion; "wiggly worms"
moving - in motion; "a constantly moving crowd"; "the moving parts of the machine"
References in classic literature ?
In man or fish, wriggling is a sign of inferiority.
With one blow of the axe, Captain Nemo cut this formidable tentacle, that slid wriggling down the ladder.
A few minutes later they returned, carrying poor Pinocchio, who was wriggling and squirming like an eel and crying pitifully:
To be sure, his papa shall look at him," said Lizaveta Petrovna, getting up and bringing something red, and queer, and wriggling.
Nothing would serve him but wriggling and skipping about under and over every thing that came in his way; now shouting out, and now lisping out, all manner of odd little and big words, yet preserving the gravest face in the world all the time.
There in full sight now was Sheeta, the panther, stalking slowly toward the tiny, wriggling balu which lay among the grasses many yards away.
Climb up the hill to the old fort and look at the little wriggling gold snakes, and watch the lizards sun themselves.
Footage emerged from China showing a fish's body wriggling about in what was thought to be a fried seafood plate.
Waiting in A&E was horrible because I could feel it wriggling around inside and I just wanted to jump.
She was about to cook it for herself and daughter Michelle, 49, when they spotted the parasite wriggling inside the package.
Sidewinder rattlesnakes wriggling up sand dunes turn out to have a trick of adjusting their curvy moves that's improving robot design and the understanding of legless motion on sand.
Peptides with their capacity for wriggling and breaking membranes are difficult for bacteria to evolve immunity against.