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wiggle

play
verb wig·gle \ ˈwi-gəl \

Definition of wiggle

wiggled; wiggling play \ˈwi-g(ə-)liŋ\
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

Examples of wiggle in a Sentence

  1. The puppy wiggled with excitement.

  2. the baby wiggled in her sleep

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Origin and Etymology of 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

wiggle Synonyms


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wiggle

noun

Definition of wiggle

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

wiggly

play \ˈwi-g(ə-)lē\ adjective

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First Known Use of wiggle

1816


WIGGLE Defined for English Language Learners

wiggle

play
verb

Definition of wiggle for English Language Learners

  • : to move up and down or from side to side with short quick motions


WIGGLE Defined for Kids

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wiggle

play
verb wig·gle \ ˈwi-gəl \

Definition of wiggle for Students

wiggled; wiggling
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

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wiggle

noun

Definition of wiggle for Students

:a twisting turning motion


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