wriggle


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wriggle \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.
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         Both he and successors would often wriggle in their
         seats,
         as long as the cushion lasted.           --Swift.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wriggle \Wrig"gle\, v. t.
   To move with short, quick contortions; to move by twisting
   and squirming; like a worm.
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         Covetousness will wriggle itself out at a small hole.
                                                  --Fuller.
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         Wriggling his body to recover
         His seat, and cast his right leg over.   --Hudibras.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wriggle \Wrig"gle\, a.
   Wriggling; frisky; pliant; flexible. [Obs.] "Their wriggle
   tails." --Spenser.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wriggle \Wrig"gle\, n.
   Act of wriggling; a short or quick writhing motion or
   contortion.
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