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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Other Words from jiggle

jiggle noun
jiggly \ ˈji-​g(ə-​)lē How to pronounce jiggly (audio) \ 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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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 On a flight from Boston a few years ago, a young mother across the aisle from me tried jiggling, crooning, rocking, and patting her baby. Beth Thames | Bethmthames@gmail.com, al.com, "Nursing is a natural act. Treat it like one," 24 July 2019 The bacon was slightly crispy around the edges, though the strips jiggled like ectoplasm. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Is it hot enough to fry an egg outside? We got cracking to find out.," 20 July 2019 For nearly a minute, the stadium jiggled, evident from the suddenly shaky center-field camera shown on the television broadcast. Jack Harris, latimes.com, "Padres interrupt Dodgers' home winning streak more than earthquake," 6 July 2019 Soft matter physicists uncovered three criteria that characterized these systems: how much empty space exists between the particles, how densely the particles are packed and how much the particles can jiggle around. Quanta Magazine, "‘Traffic Jams’ of Cells Help to Sculpt Embryos," 27 Sep. 2018 Munk knows just how to jiggle the handles so a customer falls off the bull without looking too foolish in front of his or her date. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Follow the smell of deep-fried Twinkies. Soon you’ll be at the San Mateo fair," 7 June 2019 Transfer baking sheet with pie to oven and bake until edges puff and center jiggles only slightly when shaken, 40-50 minutes. 4. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 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 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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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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