To wiggle is to move a little from side to side.

  • An earthworm wiggled its way out of the ground after the storm.
  • The boy impressed everyone by wiggling his ears. (He moved his ears back and forth.)
  • Can you wiggle your toes?
  • The woman wiggled into a dress she wore 20 years ago.
  • The little boy wiggled his front tooth and suddenly it popped out of his mouth.

wiggly tooth

The adverb form of this word is "wiggly."

  • He has a wiggly front tooth.
  • His tooth is wiggly.
  • A bird placed a wiggly worm in the mouth of its baby.
  • The front tire on the car is wiggly. It has to be fixed.

A popular use for the word "wiggle" is as an adjective in front of the word "room": wiggle room. Wiggle room is extra space that’s required for comfort.

  • Can you move over, please? I need more wiggle room.
  • This house is too small for seven people. We need more wiggle room.
  • These jeans don’t provide enough wiggle room.

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October 23, 2013