Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

shimmy

play
noun shim·my \ˈshi-mē\

Definition of shimmy

plural shimmies

  1. 1 [by alteration] :  chemise

  2. 2 [short for shimmy-shake] :  a jazz dance characterized by a shaking of the body from the shoulders down

  3. 3 :  an abnormal vibration especially in the front wheels of a motor vehicle



1837

First Known Use of shimmy

1837

Other Dance Terms

Rhymes with shimmy


2

shimmy

intransitive verb shim·my

Simple Definition of shimmy

  • : to move or shake your body from side to side

  • : to vibrate or move very quickly from side to side

Full Definition of shimmy

shim·miedshim·my·ing

  1. 1 :  to shake, quiver, or tremble in or as if in dancing a shimmy

  2. 2 :  to vibrate abnormally —used especially of automobiles

  3. 3 :  shinny

Examples of shimmy

  1. They were shimmying on the dance floor.

  2. I shimmied into my jacket.

  3. One of the car's wheels was shimmying.



1919

First Known Use of shimmy

1919

Other Dance Terms


SHIMMY Defined for Kids

shimmy

play
verb shim·my \ˈshi-mē\

Definition of shimmy

shim·miedshim·my·ing

  1. :  to move the body from side to side <I shimmied into my jacket.>




Learn More about shimmy


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up shimmy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

196.5 pounds 16.96 pounds 100 pounds 2.2 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ