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

Definition of jiggle

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to move from or as if from being jiggled

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jiggle noun
jiggly \ ˈji-​g(ə-​)lē How to pronounce jiggly (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of jiggle in a Sentence

Try to avoid jiggling the camera. His belly jiggled like a bowlful of jelly.
Recent Examples on the Web Eli’s leg jiggled up and down furiously under the table. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, "For one non-binary teen, coming of age means getting their parents to embrace a new name," 20 Dec. 2019 If both objects are essentially collections of jiggling atoms, the virtual particles could act like springs to help carry vibrations from one to the other. Charles Q. Choi, Scientific American, "Space Heater: Scientists Find New Way to Transfer Energy Through a Vacuum," 11 Dec. 2019 Instead, you were left jiggling your leg impatiently and hoping that the models meandering through the flowers would pick up their pace before a paramedic needed to be called. Washington Post, "Balenciaga put engineers, architects and moms on its runway — to make a statement about power in the workplace," 30 Sep. 2019 Bake until the cakes are puffed and the centers jiggle only slightly, 25 to 30 minutes. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: A hearty Father’s Day menu, starring steak," 12 June 2019 Deputy District Attorney Kristie Nikoletich said Mumin, 34, was hiding inside the dark room when Detective James Mackay jiggled the doorknob of one of two doors about 18 inches apart. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Jury deliberating whether man killed Clairemont minimart customer shot at police," 8 Oct. 2019 Just see for yourself: The simplest pleasure of the episode saw Vinegar and Blu Hydrangea jiggling the former’s silicone breasts in their hands like a pair of curious schoolboys. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "RuPaul's Drag Race UK," 3 Oct. 2019 Crouter was caught by a security officer at the Hawaiian Inn jiggling the handles of the rooms, trying to get inside, FOX35 reported. Fox News, "Hurricane Dorian spurs Florida authorities to warn against looting, 2 arrested for allegedly stealing sandbags," 3 Sep. 2019 His aim was to start with a disordered box of randomly jiggling molecules, then separate the fast molecules from the slow ones, reducing entropy in the process. Quanta Magazine, "How Life (and Death) Spring From Disorder," 26 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of jiggle

1836, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for jiggle

frequentative of jig entry 2

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The first known use of jiggle was in 1836

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29 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Jiggle.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jiggle. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of jiggle

: to move or cause (something) to move with quick, short movements up and down or side to side


jig·​gle | \ ˈji-gəl How to pronounce jiggle (audio) \
jiggled; jiggling

Kids Definition of jiggle

: to move or cause to move with quick little jerks Try not to jiggle the camera.

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