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.]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The American Heritage Dictionary Blog
Check out our blog, updated regularly, for new words and revised definitions, interesting images from the 5th edition, discussions of usage, and more.
American Heritage Dictionary Products
The American Heritage Dictionary, 5th Edition
The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms
The American Heritage Roget's Thesaurus
Curious George's Dictionary
The American Heritage Children's Dictionary
The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots
The American Heritage Student Grammar Dictionary
The American Heritage Desk Dictionary + Thesaurus
The American Heritage Science Dictionary
The American Heritage Dictionary of Business Terms
The American Heritage Student Dictionary
The American Heritage Essential Student Thesaurus