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squiggle

[skwig-uh l] /ˈskwɪg əl/
noun
1.
a short, irregular curve or twist, as in writing or drawing.
verb (used without object), squiggled, squiggling.
2.
to move in or appear as squiggles:
His handwriting squiggled across the page.
verb (used with object), squiggled, squiggling.
3.
to form in or cause to appear as squiggles; scribble.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; blend of squirm and wriggle
Related forms
squiggly, adjective
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Examples from the web for squiggle
  • But there was another bit of squiggle that didn't make sense.
  • Atmosphere scintillation causes the trails to squiggle around.
  • In each case the list fills up the entire page, with one decorative squiggle at the beginning, and one at the end.
  • To plot that properly, you would need a plot with rather more information on it that a simple oscilloscope squiggle.
  • The squiggle at the border represents an emotional rollercoaster.
  • He had a dramatic squiggle at the end of the last letter.
British Dictionary definitions for squiggle

squiggle

/ˈskwɪɡəl/
noun
1.
a mark or movement in the form of a wavy line; curlicue
2.
an illegible scrawl
verb
3.
(intransitive) to wriggle
4.
(intransitive) to form or draw squiggles
5.
(transitive) to make into squiggles
Derived Forms
squiggler, noun
squiggly, adjective
Word Origin
C19: perhaps a blend of squirm + wiggle
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Word Origin and History for squiggle
v.

1804, probably a blend of squirm and wriggle. Related: Squiggled; squiggling.

n.

1902, from squiggle (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for squiggle

squiggle

noun

The tilde, a sinuous diacritical mark (1980s+ Computer)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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