jig·​gle | \ˈji-gəl \
jiggled; jiggling\ˈji-​g(ə-​)liŋ \

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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Other Words from jiggle

jiggle noun
jiggly \ˈji-​g(ə-​)lē \ adjective

Synonyms for jiggle


agitate, bucket, convulse, jerk, joggle, jolt, jounce, judder [chiefly British], quake, quiver, shake, shudder, vibrate, wobble (also wabble)

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Examples of jiggle in a Sentence

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

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Transfer the baking sheet with the pie on it to the oven and bake for 45 minutes to one hour, until the edges are puffed and the center jiggles only slightly when shaken. Margaux Laskey, The Seattle Times, "Wrap up one of these sweet cookbooks for the home bakers in your life," 11 Dec. 2018 What is this gelatinous, artificially sweetened tube, jiggling out of the can, still can-shaped? Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Canned cranberry sauce, explained," 21 Nov. 2018 Unlike the jiggling cranberry towers, the whole-berry version can be spooned out, sauce-like, over other elements of the meal. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Canned cranberry sauce, explained," 21 Nov. 2018 Bake 35 minutes or until filling is golden brown, puffed, and set around edge, but center still jiggles slightly. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Brown Sugar Pecan Pie," 23 Oct. 2018 The cheesecake should be firm on the edges but still jiggle in the center. Tyler Florence, House Beautiful, "Tyler Florence's Strawberry and Basil Goat Cheese Cake Recipe," 1 Mar. 2013 All molecules constantly jiggle with distinct tempos, based on their structure. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 In many performances, men in the audience jiggle their hips too, but also hand out cash to the women as if to a stripper. The Economist, "To Muslim zealots’ dismay, Indonesians love raunchy dangdut music," 1 Feb. 2018 The jiggling thus induced shifts the fibres around in a process that is, in effect, the opposite of combing. The Economist, "Build a better bog roll," 19 Apr. 2018

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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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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 \
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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