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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jiggle noun
jiggly \ ˈji-​g(ə-​)lē How to pronounce jiggly (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 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, "The Resident Poet," 4 May 2020 Bake until edges are set, about 50 to 55 minutes; the center will jiggle just slightly. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Substitutions are welcome in these carrot cheesecake bars," 16 Apr. 2020 Their goal is to track the motion of each individual atom in any jiggling glob on the virus’s surface. Sophia Chen, Wired, "To Beat Covid-19, Scientists Try to 'See' the Invisible Enemy," 8 Apr. 2020 Driving back to Nashville in her tidy station wagon with a Björk pin jiggling in a cup holder, Williams cruised by a series of Paramore landmarks. New York Times, "How Hayley Williams Saved Herself (and, BTW, Paramore)," 4 Mar. 2020 The pie will be mostly set but still jiggle a bit in the center. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Libby’s pumpkin pie recipe just got a makeover for the 21st century — and we made it better," 14 Nov. 2019 Mainly defined by not having underwires, the bralette is that anomaly: an easygoing bra, leaving the breasts, whether perky, upturned, down-turned, wayward, jiggling, floppy or sagging, in their natural shape. Linda Dyett, New York Times, "The Bralette Is Back. This Time Blouses Are Optional.," 31 July 2019 Paul Byrne, North Carolina State University Perhaps even more puzzling, InSight also found that the crustal magnetic field near its location jiggled about every now and then. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "Mysterious magnetic pulses discovered on Mars," 20 Sep. 2019 When done, the surface should be covered with little bubbles and the whole bar should jiggle as one solid mass with no soupy spots. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "14 Holiday Cookie Contest winning recipes, ahead of this year's Dec. 4 reveal," 29 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of jiggle was in 1836

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18 May 2020

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“Jiggle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jiggle. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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