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

1 : scribble
2 : to form or cause to form in squiggles



Definition of squiggle (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from squiggle


squiggly \ ˈskwi-​g(ə-​)lē How to pronounce squiggle (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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Democrats who control the legislature have adopted a map with lines that squiggle snake-like across the state to swoop up Democratic voters and relegate Republicans to a few districts. David A. Lieb And Nicholas Riccardi, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Nov. 2021 Democrats who control the legislature have adopted a map with lines that squiggle snake-like across the state to swoop up Democratic voters and relegate Republicans to a few districts. chicagotribune.com, 10 Nov. 2021 Squiggly Monster had his many eyes on the prize, but just couldn’t squiggle his way to a win. Andrea Towers, EW.com, 12 Aug. 2021 Glass noodles squiggle in the mix for a little snap. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 26 June 2021 The surrounding plasma will become too hot for even radio waves to squiggle through, and for six terrifying minutes, the passengers won’t be able to talk with Mission Control. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 3 Aug. 2020 The tadpoles of western toads squiggle, and water skeeters perform a graceful backwoods ballet. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, 27 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun From a 60-mph roll, mash the gas and the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber squiggle from excitement. David Beard, Car and Driver, 26 July 2022 The remaining paintings are mostly just dull, with a squiggle of color here and a flourish of flash there, merely dressing up a conventional photo of a car. Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2022 There are also two interactive pieces, one of which is a Scrabble-like board atop which participants can position acrylic tiles embellished with a single blue squiggle. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 8 July 2022 With the help of a machine called a sound spectrograph, Payne converted the voices on the tape into a series of squiggle-like notations. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 6 June 2022 They are served cold in a 16-ounce pouch with a yellow squiggle straw. Courtney Wilson, Chron, 20 Apr. 2022 In August, another of Calderon’s squiggle resold for $2.5 million. New York Times, 12 Feb. 2022 The western edge is a squiggle running slightly north-northwest to south-southeast. al, 2 Jan. 2022 Windham drew a Charlie Brown-style squiggle face to her own note and added it to the board. al, 2 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of squiggle


circa 1816, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for squiggle


blend of squirm and wriggle

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“Squiggle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squiggle. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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