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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The detail comes in the form of the squiggle that’s inspired by the spiral on a Greek column. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 To compare his 1955 Newman, a pretty boy whose smile is a quick squiggle, with the Newman of 2002, his features still handsome but etched by the passage of a half-century, is an epitome in two drawings of Hirschfeld’s art. Terry Teachout, WSJ, 6 Apr. 2021 As this once-prevailing pattern finally fades away, it's being replaced by a looser, curvier pattern: the squiggle. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Mar. 2021 At first glance, Pikaia might seem like little more than a prehistoric squiggle. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Dec. 2020 Grabbing lunch with a friend in California on Saturday, Hailey wore a black sweater and Alexander Wang sweatpants—JB loves a sweat pant—and styled the cozy pieces with a leather jacket covered in a graphic squiggle print. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 25 Oct. 2020 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, 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, 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, 10 May 2020

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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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The first known use of squiggle was circa 1816

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“Squiggle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squiggle. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of squiggle

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

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