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 Furthermore, the ear hooks ensure that the Powerbeats don’t wiggle around during workouts, no matter how rugged your terrain might be. Thomas Hindle, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Mar. 2022 Unlike a tight mummy, this 650-fill down bag is designed for restless folks who need room to wiggle into the perfect position, including those who like to sleep on their sides. Ryan Stuart, Outside Online, 10 May 2021 Be sure to walk, dance and wiggle around a bit to see how your breasts settle into the cups, and check both the sides and the front for potential spillage. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, 27 Apr. 2022 The Chargers even stopped the run well enough to wiggle out of being the league’s worst against the rush for the season. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 6 Dec. 2021 The snakes’ control over their bones is also voluntary: Each rib is manipulated by an individual muscle, like the string tethered to a piano key; the animal can wiggle just a few units at once. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 24 Mar. 2022 But the string can wiggle more energetically as well, giving rise to an infinite spectrum of string states with ever-higher energies. Quanta Magazine, 1 Mar. 2022 Riley’s offense never fully took off with Williams, as the Sooners fell at Baylor and Oklahoma State, but ironically that opened the door for USC to wiggle its way into the picture. Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2022 Just northeast of Farmington is Morgantown, where houses perch on narrow streets that wiggle down hillsides, intersecting at erratic angles. New York Times, 17 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Redshirt Cam Davis showed a little wiggle in practice last season — though the backfield was too crowded to get any carries — and bears watching as well. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Feb. 2022 Tyrod Taylor was suddenly inaccurate, none of his skill players had any wiggle to them, and Kenny Moore was a step ahead again, this time on overmatched athletes. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Dec. 2021 The cake may have a slight wiggle in the very middle but otherwise will be done and set. Beth Segal, cleveland, 3 Dec. 2021 From its first, unexpected wiggle in its smallest incarnation to its villainous roaring laughter at the end, this homely green and mottled maneater had the audience's attention. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Nov. 2021 After a bunch of ear-piercing beeps and a little wiggle, the Tamagotchi disappears into cyberspace—forever. Sebastian Skov Andersen, Wired, 23 Nov. 2021 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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28 May 2022

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“Wiggle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wiggle. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for wiggle


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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