squiggle

verb
squig·​gle | \ ˈskwi-gəl How to pronounce squiggle (audio) \
squiggled; squiggling\ ˈskwi-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce squiggling (audio) \

Definition of squiggle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : squirm, wriggle squiggling in her seat
2 : to write or paint hastily : scribble

transitive verb

2 : to form or cause to form in squiggles

squiggle

noun

Definition of squiggle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a short wavy twist or line : curlicue especially : an illegible scrawl

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Other Words from squiggle

Noun

squiggly \ ˈskwi-​g(ə-​)lē How to pronounce squiggly (audio) \ adjective

Examples of squiggle in a Sentence

Verb a pediatrician's waiting room full of squiggling toddlers there are some illegible notes squiggled in the margins of the old book Noun His handwriting looks like a bunch of squiggles.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The tadpoles of western toads squiggle, and water skeeters perform a graceful backwoods ballet. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Battling Scotch broom along Olympic’s Hoh River that threatens fish, forests," 27 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But even under a barrage of black-and-white squiggles, the vehicle clearly has a more dynamic design aesthetic than the S-class, including protruding taillights and vortex-generating bumps across the trunk to improve aerodynamics. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Mercedes Releases Teaser Photo of EQS, Its Flagship Electric Sedan," 26 May 2020 Shives sat me down in front of a screen full of multi-coloured squiggles and numbers, with a small black-and-white video of me sleeping in the corner. Neil Steinberg, Quartz, "One billion people worldwide stop breathing while they sleep," 15 Dec. 2019 From 200 feet up, the playgrounds morph into abstraction, their shapes and squiggles straight out of a Joan Miró painting. Laura Mallonee, Wired, "The Eerie Stillness of Empty Schoolyards," 10 May 2020 Those orange-brown folds and squiggles are part of a single cell's surface that has been infected with SARS-CoV-2, or COVID-19. Fox News, "'Devastatingly' effective coronavirus captured in image of cell," 30 Apr. 2020 This stainless steel tool has a worm-like squiggle at the bottom that allows you to twist it like a corkscrew to mix and aerate your pile. Popular Science, "Four essentials for composting outdoors," 30 Apr. 2020 Multiple award-winning director Michael A. Shepperd and a wonderful cast lift the rock off Lowder’s dishearteningly perfect play and let the creepy-crawlies squiggle freely. Los Angeles Times, "Theater in L.A. this week: ‘A Bronx Tale,’ ‘Hamilton,’ ‘Orphée’ and more," 8 Mar. 2020 The jester in orange and green decorated with a third-grader’s squiggles; the man’s shiny purple skirt and open black vest for the Russian variation; and the mismatched greens of the Villager women? New York Times, "At New York City Ballet, Swans Use Grit to Find Glory," 25 Feb. 2020 Multiple award-winning director Michael A. Shepperd and a wonderful cast lift the rock off Lowder’s dishearteningly perfect play and let the creepy-crawlies squiggle freely. Los Angeles Times, "Theater in L.A. this week: ‘A Bronx Tale,’ ‘Hamilton,’ ‘Orphée’ and more," 8 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of squiggle

Verb

circa 1816, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for squiggle

Verb

blend of squirm and wriggle

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The first known use of squiggle was circa 1816

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Cite this Entry

“Squiggle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squiggle. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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squiggle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of squiggle

: a short line with many curves : a short, wavy line

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