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

Other Words from jiggle

jiggle noun
jiggly \ ˈji-​g(ə-​)lē How to pronounce jiggle (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 Fowler-Finn is also studying a bizarre behavior in which some postcoital males from one species will nibble on their mate’s second leg and … jiggle it. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 3 Aug. 2021 Because a person standing before them has to jiggle it, the animals start to recognize that mealtime and a looming human-shaped outline go together. New York Times, 9 July 2021 As the temperature of a superconductor rises, however, particles jiggle around randomly, breaking up the electrons’ delicate dance. Quanta Magazine, 14 Oct. 2020 Realizing what was happening, John tried to jiggle the door open and escape into the house. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, 12 Oct. 2020 Youthful eyes jiggle regularly to take in new or unfamiliar stimuli. Doug Johnson, National Geographic, 22 Sep. 2020 Return pan to oven and bake until the chocolate has puffed up a bit and does not jiggle, and the crumbly top is light golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 19 Aug. 2020 The girl on the jiggling washing machine turns a page in her magazine and reaches into her purse for a cigarette. Katherine Dunn, The New Yorker, 4 May 2020 Bake until edges are set, about 50 to 55 minutes; the center will jiggle just slightly. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Apr. 2020

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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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“Jiggle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jiggle. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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