from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To move back and forth with quick irregular motions.
  • intransitive verb To move or proceed with a twisting or turning motion; wriggle.
  • intransitive verb To insinuate or extricate oneself by sly or subtle means.
  • intransitive verb To cause to move back and forth with quick irregular motions.
  • intransitive verb To make (one's way, for example) by or as if by wiggling.
  • noun A wiggling movement or course.
  • idiom (get a wiggle on) To hurry or hurry up.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A waggling or wriggling motion.
  • To waggle; wabble; wriggle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • verb Prov. Eng. & Colloq. U. S. To move to and fro with a quick, jerking motion; to bend rapidly, or with a wavering motion, from side to side; to wag; to squirm; to wriggle
  • noun colloq. Act of wiggling; a wriggle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive, intransitive To move with irregular, back and forward or side to side motions; To shake or jiggle.
  • noun A wiggling movement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb move to and fro
  • noun the act of wiggling


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English wiglen, probably from Middle Low German wiggelen, to totter; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.]

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Middle English wiglen, possibly from Middle Dutch or Old English


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