Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “wriggle”

See all translations

wriggle

verb uk   /ˈrɪɡ.l̩/ us  
[I or T] to twist your body, or move part of your body, with small, quick movements: A large worm wriggled in the freshly dug earth. Baby Martha was wriggling her toes in the sand. [I + adv/prep] to move somewhere using short, quick twisting movements: The tunnel was low and dark, but she managed to wriggle through to the other side. After twisting and turning for a while, he managed to wriggle free.
Phrasal verbs

wriggle

noun [C usually singular] uk   /ˈrɪɡ.l̩/ us  
an act of wriggling: With a wriggle, she managed to crawl through the gap.
(Definition of wriggle from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of wriggle?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “wriggle” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

baby

a very young child, especially one that has not yet begun to walk or talk

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More