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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Probably from Middle Low German wriggeln


1 verb
1 [intransitive] to twist your body from side to side with small quick movements:
Stop wriggling and let me put your T-shirt on.
wriggle under/through/into
He wriggled through the window.
The dog wriggled free and ran off.
2 [transitive] to move a part of your body backwards and forwards with small movements:
She took off her shoes and wriggled her toes.
wriggly adjective:
a wriggly worm

wriggle out of something

phrasal verb
1 to avoid doing something by using clever excuses [= get out of something]:
Don't try to wriggle out of your responsibilities.
2 to take off a tight piece of clothing by twisting your body from side to side:
She wriggled out of her dress.

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