wrig·gle / ˈrigəl/ • v. [intr.] twist and turn with quick writhing movements: he kicked and wriggled but she held him firmly. ∎ [tr.] cause to move in such a way: she wriggled her bare, brown toes. ∎ [intr.] move in a particular direction with wriggling movements: Susie wriggled out of her clothes. ∎ (wriggle out of) avoid (something), esp. by devious means: don't try and wriggle out of your contract.• n. [in sing.] a wriggling movement: she gave an impatient little wriggle.DERIVATIVES: wrig·gly / ˈrig(ə)lē/ adj.