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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 of squiggle
1830-1840
1830-40; blend of squirm and wriggle
Related forms
squiggly, adjective
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Examples from the Web for squiggly
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  • In each square was a bit of squiggly writing, in blackish paint, and a small wooden peg jutting out from the wall.

    The Holes Around Mars Jerome Bixby
  • A frail man, with a bald head and a squiggly moustache, stood up behind his desk.

    Get Out of Our Skies! E. K. Jarvis
  • I could have hugged it to my breast and cried upon the squiggly little curls that never lie flat.

    Banked Fires E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
  • With regard to the living-rooms, it is essential that they should not be square but squiggly.

  • A huge dial beside the plate had a pointer and scores of notches, each labeled with a couple of squiggly characters.

    The Enormous Room Horace Leonard Gold
British Dictionary definitions for squiggly

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 squiggly

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 squiggly

squid

noun

An obnoxious person, esp one who studies too hard; dweeb, grind, loser, nerd (1980s+ Students)

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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