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Other Wriggle Definition

[n] the act of wiggling
[v] to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (esp. when struggling); "The prisoner writhed in discomfort."; "The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace."

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motility, motion, move, move, movement, wrench

Misc. Definitions

\Wrig"gle\, n. Act of wriggling; a short or quick writhing motion or contortion.
\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. Both he and successors would often wriggle in their seats, as long as the cushion lasted. --Swift.
\Wrig"gle\, v. t. To move with short, quick contortions; to move by twisting and squirming; like a worm. Covetousness will wriggle itself out at a small hole. --Fuller. Wriggling his body to recover His seat, and cast his right leg over. --Hudibras.
\Wrig"gle\, a. Wriggling; frisky; pliant; flexible. [Obs.] ``Their wriggle tails.'' --Spenser.

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