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Meaning of WRIGGLE

Pronunciation:  'rigul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of wiggling
  2. [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."

WRIGGLE is a 7 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: squirm, squirm, twist, wiggle, worm, wrestle, writhe
 See Also: motility, motion, move, move, movement, wrench



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wrig"gle\, n.
    Act of wriggling; a short or quick writhing motion or
  2. \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.
  3. \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.
          Wriggling his body to recover His seat, and cast his
          right leg over.                          --Hudibras.
  4. \Wrig"gle\, a.
    Wriggling; frisky; pliant; flexible. [Obs.] ``Their wriggle
    tails.'' --Spenser.