jig·​gle ˈji-gəl How to pronounce jiggle (audio)
jiggled; jiggling ˈji-g(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce jiggle (audio)

transitive verb

: to cause to move with quick little jerks or oscillating motions

intransitive verb

: to move from or as if from being jiggled
jiggle noun
jiggly adjective

Examples of jiggle in a Sentence

Try to avoid jiggling the camera. His belly jiggled like a bowlful of jelly.
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Word History


frequentative of jig entry 2

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of jiggle was in 1836

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“Jiggle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jiggle. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


jig·​gle ˈjig-əl How to pronounce jiggle (audio)
jiggled; jiggling -(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce jiggle (audio)
: to move or cause to move with quick little jerks
jiggle noun

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