v. wig·gled, wig·gling, wig·gles
1. To move back and forth with quick irregular motions: The gelatin wiggled on the plate.
a. To move or proceed with a twisting or turning motion; wriggle: wiggled restlessly in her chair; wiggled through the crowd.
b. To insinuate or extricate oneself by sly or subtle means: wiggled out of a social engagement.
1. To cause to move back and forth with quick irregular motions: wiggle a loose tooth.
2. To make (one's way, for example) by or as if by wiggling: The pitcher wiggled his way out of a jam.
A wiggling movement or course.
get a wiggle on Slang
To hurry or hurry up.
[Middle English wiglen, probably from Middle Low German wiggelen, to totter; see wegh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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