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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.