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

Examples of jiggle in a Sentence

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

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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 Bake cheesecake until center barely jiggles, 1 hour. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Our Favorite Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe," 17 Mar. 2015 There were middle-aged men with jiggling potbellies and barrel chested rugby-player types with labored, heavy strides. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "South Africa's unlikely ultramarathoner helps others cross the finish line," 6 July 2018 Two tones is more serious, perhaps a fire alarm ringing somewhere, probably triggered by nothing more than a stray wisp of cigarette smoke or a burp of electrical current jiggling a circuit. Sean Flynn, Esquire, "The Perfect Fire," 9 Mar. 2017 Bake until pudding is very firm and no longer jiggles, about 45 minutes. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "4 recipes from now-closed Terra in St. Helena," 11 June 2018 Suchard also bends spoons with magic (and his hands) and even manipulates the spoon by jiggling it between his fingers. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Kanye West Smiling At A Mentalist At His Birthday Is The Happy Content We Need," 10 June 2018 Remove screw underneath, then jiggle the handle to remove. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Fix a Clogged Sink and Leaky Faucet," 11 Feb. 2015 The bassinet doubles as an always-on soothing device, equipped with tiny microphones to cycle through five levels of louder sound and faster jiggling that correspond with the intensity of baby’s cries. Jennifer Van Grove, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Snoozing on the mommy job," 19 May 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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