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shimmy

noun shim·my \ ˈshi-mē \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of shimmy

plural shimmies
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[by alteration]
:chemise
2
[short for shimmy-shake]
:a jazz dance characterized by a shaking of the body from the shoulders down
3 :an abnormal vibration especially in the front wheels of a motor vehicle

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First Known Use of shimmy

1837

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shimmy

verb

Definition of shimmy

shimmied; shimmying
intransitive verb
1 :to shake, quiver, or tremble in or as if in dancing a shimmy
2 :to vibrate abnormally used especially of automobiles
3 :shinny

Examples of shimmy in a Sentence

  1. They were shimmying on the dance floor.

  2. I shimmied into my jacket.

  3. One of the car's wheels was shimmying.

Recent Examples of shimmy from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'shimmy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of shimmy

1919

Other Dance Terms


SHIMMY Defined for English Language Learners

shimmy

verb

Definition of shimmy for English Language Learners

  • : to move or shake your body from side to side

  • : to vibrate or move very quickly from side to side


SHIMMY Defined for Kids

shimmy

verb shim·my \ ˈshi-mē \

Definition of shimmy for Students

shimmied; shimmying
:to move the body from side to side
  • I shimmied into my jacket.

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