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wiggle

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verb wig·gle \ˈwi-gəl\

Simple Definition of wiggle

  • : to move up and down or from side to side with short quick motions

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of wiggle

wiggled

wiggling

play \-g(ə-)liŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to move to and fro with quick jerky or shaking motions :  jiggle

  3. 2 :  to proceed with or as if with twisting and turning movements :  wriggle

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to cause to wiggle

Examples of wiggle in a sentence

  1. The puppy wiggled with excitement.

  2. <the baby wiggled in her sleep>



Origin and Etymology of wiggle

Middle English wiglen, from or akin to Middle Dutch or Middle Low German wiggelen to totter; akin to Old English wegan to move — more at way


First Known Use: 13th century


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wiggle

noun wig·gle

Definition of wiggle

  1. 1 :  the act of wiggling

  2. 2 :  shellfish or fish in cream sauce with peas

wiggly

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1816

First Known Use of wiggle

1816

Rhymes with wiggle

giggle, higgle, jiggle, niggle, sniggle, squiggle, wriggle


WIGGLE Defined for Kids

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wiggle

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verb wig·gle \ˈwi-gəl\

Definition of wiggle for Students

wiggled

wiggling

  1. 1 :  to move up and down or from side to side with quick short motions <She wiggled her toes.>

  2. 2 :  to proceed with twisting and turning movements <It was an awful tangled mess, but … there was room for him to wiggle through … — Gary Paulsen, Hatchet>




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wiggle

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noun wig·gle

Definition of wiggle for Students

  1. :  a twisting turning motion





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