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Synonyms of 'wriggle'

(verb) 
Definition
to twist and turn with quick movements
The audience were fidgeting and wriggling in their seats.
Synonyms
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turn
As the wheel turned, the potter shaped the clay.
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twist
He tried to twist out of my grasp.
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squirm
He gave a feeble shrug and tried to squirm free.
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writhe
He was writhing on the floor in agony.
(verb) 
Definition
to twist and turn with quick movements
She pulled off her shoes and stockings and wriggled her toes.
Synonyms
wiggle
She wiggled her fingers to attract his attention.
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wag
He wagged a disapproving finger at me.
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jiggle
He tapped his feet, hummed tunes and jiggled about.
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waggle
He was waggling his toes in his socks.
(verb) 
Definition
to move along by twisting and turning
Bauman wriggled along the passage on his stomach.
Synonyms
crawl
I began to crawl on my hands and knees towards the door.
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snake
The road snaked through the forested mountains.
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twist and turn
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(noun) 
Definition
a wriggling movement or action
With a wriggle, he freed himself from her grasp and ran off.
Synonyms
twist
A twist of the ankle denied him a place on the substitutes' bench.
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wag
The dog gave a responsive wag of his tail.
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wiggle
Push the fork in with your foot and give it a wiggle to make the holes bigger.
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Additional synonyms

in the sense of snake
Definition
to glide or move in a winding course, like a snake
The road snaked through the forested mountains.
in the sense of squirm
Definition
to wriggle
He gave a feeble shrug and tried to squirm free.
in the sense of turn
Definition
to rotate or move round
As the wheel turned, the potter shaped the clay.
Synonyms
go round (and round),
go round in circles,
move in a circle

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