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

1 : scribble
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

Grab a bold, black liquid liner and squiggle out a groovy line across both lids (because drawing inside the lines is overrated). Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "7 Easy and Festive Makeup Ideas To Amp Up Any Holiday Party," 22 Dec. 2018 Thick fluids form straight lines when being spread rapidly across a canvas, but will form loops and squiggles and figure eights if poured slowly. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: modern masters like Jackson Pollock were “intuitive physicists”," 26 Dec. 2018 Fitzpatrick flips his computer around to show me his work, the multicolored loops and squiggles forming a shape like the symbol for Pisces. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 French chocolate cake is intensely chocolaty, abetted by rich coffee ice cream and a squiggle of blood-orange crumble. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Sky's the limit with ambitious Santo Cielo," 18 May 2018 There are also painterly squiggles on and around the imagery. Mike Giuliano, Howard County Times, "Artist gets metaphysical at Columbia Art Center," 6 July 2018 Its inky black squiggles reappear on the white chairs, linking the two in a netherworld. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "Liz Shepherd and Michelle Lougee make the mundane memorable," 27 June 2018 The association advised Grode that, because of the errant squiggle, the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State would reject her application. Sandra Guy, Chicago Reader, "Politics Illinois notaries are having a tough go—getting their licenses notarized," 4 July 2018 Sarah Gish The batter is light and crisp — not overcooked — and the salty rings beg for a sweet squiggle of ketchup from the red squirt bottle on the table. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Batter up: Here are 18 KC-area places to get perfect, golden-fried onion rings," 21 June 2018

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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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Dictionary Entries near squiggle

squid-jigger

squid-jigging

squiffy

squiggle

squilgee

squill

squilla

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The first known use of squiggle was circa 1816

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More Definitions for squiggle

squiggle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of squiggle

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

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