wig·​gle | \ ˈwi-gəl How to pronounce wiggle (audio) \
wiggled; wiggling\ ˈwi-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce wiggle (audio) \

Definition of wiggle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to move to and fro with quick jerky or shaking motions : jiggle
2 : to proceed with or as if with twisting and turning movements : wriggle

transitive verb

: to cause to wiggle



Definition of wiggle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of wiggling
2 : shellfish or fish in cream sauce with peas

Other Words from wiggle


wiggly \ ˈwi-​g(ə-​)lē How to pronounce wiggle (audio) \ adjective

Examples of wiggle in a Sentence

Verb The puppy wiggled with excitement. the baby wiggled in her sleep
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Jumping worms, as their name suggests, may noticeably wiggle and jump when disturbed. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 26 July 2022 Or wiggle the leg, which should be loose. For smaller pieces, such as a boneless chicken breast, use a knife to slice into the thickest part of the poultry. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 July 2022 If the Celtics can wiggle Durant from Brooklyn without sacrificing Brown, then go for it. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 25 July 2022 Was there a late ’50s concert riot in which Elvis deliberately disobeyed Parker’s orders not to move around or wiggle on stage? Chris Willman, Variety, 25 June 2022 Most stocks tend to sway in the general direction of the broader market to some extent—and in those cases, a low beta simply means the stock just doesn’t wiggle as much as the S&P 500 does. Brett Owens, Forbes, 1 June 2022 But around 1990, Aharonov and Popescu found that special combinations of sine waves produce regions of the collective wave that wiggle faster than any of the constituents. Katie Mccormick, Quanta Magazine, 16 May 2022 To add to the home screen, tap and hold until the icons wiggle and tap the plus icon at the top left, find your Shortcuts widget, and tap Add Widget. Simon Hill, Wired, 3 Oct. 2021 When placed inside of Dock, Pocket can wiggle around ever so slightly, thanks to the system only properly bracing on one side. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 14 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At Schiaparelli, Daniel Roseberry showed a jacket with a deep, round neck, cut underneath the bust with a lace-up detail at the waist, and a matching wiggle pencil skirt made of pieced denim. Laia Garcia-furtado, Vogue, 14 July 2022 One wiggle of the wand provides s natural look, while two or more delivers unexpected drama to your flutter, sans flakes or clumps. The Editors, Town & Country, 31 May 2022 Even the slightest wiggle on corner exit or random gust of wind can make the difference of a driver ending up locked in place Saturday or still holding a chance to run for pole Sunday. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 20 May 2022 Both teams struggled with easy shots in the early going, with one ball after another making the net wiggle but no more. New York Times, 27 Mar. 2022 Ready for her closeup, Lucy even gave a tiny wiggle of her fingers — giving fans at home a wave. Janine Henni, PEOPLE.com, 10 May 2022 These pulses are released through three primary movement types, blow, wiggle, and spin. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 17 Apr. 2022 The Browns have been hunting for a receiver with the versatility and wiggle of Robinson for a while. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 19 Apr. 2022 The wiggle-match dating indicated that the wood used to make the boat was harvested between 1556 and 1646, according to the study. CBS News, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of wiggle


13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wiggle


Middle English wiglen, from or akin to Middle Dutch or Middle Low German wiggelen to totter; akin to Old English wegan to move — more at way

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“Wiggle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wiggle. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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wig·​gle | \ ˈwi-gəl How to pronounce wiggle (audio) \
wiggled; wiggling

Kids Definition of wiggle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to move up and down or from side to side with quick short motions She wiggled her toes.
2 : to proceed with twisting and turning movements It was an awful tangled mess, but … there was room for him to wiggle through …— Gary Paulsen, Hatchet



Kids Definition of wiggle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a twisting turning motion

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