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[wig-uh l] /ˈwɪg əl/
verb (used without object), wiggled, wiggling.
to move or go with short, quick, irregular movements from side to side:
The puppies wiggled with delight.
verb (used with object), wiggled, wiggling.
to cause to wiggle; move quickly and irregularly from side to side.
a wiggling movement or course.
a wiggly line.
a dish of creamed fish or shellfish and peas.
get a wiggle on, Informal. to hurry up; get a move on:
If you don't get a wiggle on, we'll miss the first act.
Origin of wiggle
1175-1225; Middle English wiglen; akin to Old English wegan to move, wēg motion, wicga insect; compare Norwegian vigla to totter, frequentative of vigga to rock oneself, Dutch, Low German wiggelen
Related forms
outwiggle, verb (used with object), outwiggled, outwiggling. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for wiggle
  • At night there are the hula dancers to giggle at when their hips shake back and forth making a funny wiggle.
  • Only wiggle or shake if it takes longer than an hour to dissolve.
  • He was holding it inside his coat, and it contrived to wiggle partly down the sleeve.
  • Stick a darning needle or a hat pin in the hole and wiggle it around to scramble the contents.
  • Guidelines on investigating and reporting casualties have been amended over the years but there's still plenty of wiggle room.
  • Harvard scientists have built a soft-bodied robot flexible enough to wiggle into tight spaces no other robot can reach.
  • Any wiggle room for abusive interrogations, they emphasized, would be construed as permission.
  • Miller has experimented with himself by trying to teach himself to wiggle one of his ears without moving the other one.
  • More leverage, less wiggle-new snowboard boots and bindings give you an edge.
  • They squeeze those muscles to wiggle their bodies forward in a series of curves.
British Dictionary definitions for wiggle


to move or cause to move with jerky movements, esp from side to side
the act or an instance of wiggling
(slang, mainly US) get a wiggle on, to hurry up
Derived Forms
wiggler, noun
wiggly, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch wiggelen
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Word Origin and History for wiggle

early 13c., perhaps from Middle Dutch or Middle Flemish wigelen, frequentative of wiegen "to rock," from wiege "cradle" (cf. Old High German wiga, German Wiege, Old Frisian widze), from PIE root *wegh- "to move" (see weigh). Related: Wiggled; wiggling. The noun is attested from 1816.

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Slang definitions & phrases for wiggle



A white person, esp a teenager, who imitates the style and behavior of inner-city blacks: When I was wearing my permanent-press Lees with matching Adidas sneakers, kids I went to school with were calling me a wigger

[1990s+; apparently a shortening of white nigger; perhaps influenced by wigger, ''a very crazy person,'' fr jazz talk]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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