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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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 That meaning the wave itself jiggles up and down faster. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "A New Microscopic Camera Lets Us Peer Inside All the Things We Normally Can't See," 3 June 2016 Throughout our conversation, Cardi has been jiggling her leg up and down like a schoolkid. Harper's BAZAAR, "Cardi B Opens Up About Her "Rags to Riches" Cinderella Story," 7 Feb. 2019 The only difference is that the crystals are jiggling without using any energy, without any tap. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Create A New Kind Of Matter: Time Crystals," 28 Jan. 2017 The refractive index of a material is generated by the electrons jiggling about in response to the incoming light field. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Gas jets make beautiful lens for light we can’t normally focus," 21 Dec. 2018 The door jiggled, which Eldridge believed was the shooter trying to get in. Amanda Seitz, The Seattle Times, "Chicago hospital shooting claims 3 lives; gunman also dead," 19 Nov. 2018 Trusting the popper Roasting a turkey is not something most of us do regularly and tricks like jiggling the leg, using the 15-minutes-a-pound rule, or even keeping your eye on that plastic popper are just not exact enough. Susan Westmoreland, Good Housekeeping, "The 8 Biggest Mistakes You Make When Cooking a Turkey," 19 Nov. 2018 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

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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 mark by some ceremony or observation

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