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jiggle

Line breaks: jig¦gle
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɪɡ(ə)l
 
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Definition of jiggle in English:

verb

[no object]
1Move about quickly from side to side or up and down: the car jiggled on its springs
More example sentences
  • So the overall effect from some distance away was of a green thread that moved steadily, but jiggled and shook like a sensuous conga line.
  • The first layer is ready when it is golden brown, or when it does not jiggle / move when you take it out of the oven.
  • The fat that jiggles when you move, on the hips, thighs and tummy, isn't the problem.
Synonyms
fidget, wriggle, squirm, move restlessly
1.1 [with object] Shake (something) lightly up and down or from side to side: he was jiggling his car keys in his hand
More example sentences
  • The vampire shook his arms, jiggling the shackles.
  • His hand wrapped carefully around the handle and jiggled it lightly.
  • He would play with his lip ring, roll his pencil around on the desk, jiggle his knees and shake his head to the tune in his head.
Synonyms

noun

[in singular] Back to top  
A quick light shake: give that rack a jiggle
More example sentences
  • They wobbled a little as she bounced on her steps, then rested with a quick jiggle as she stopped.
  • A quick jiggle of his door showed that it was locked.
  • Mum gave us a jiggle of the legs to show us they are working.

Origin

mid 19th century: partly an alteration of joggle1, reinforced by jig.

Derivatives

jiggly

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • The chick who bid $801 was a jiggly young thing with ‘Bob Rocks!’
  • His skin was jiggly with water and he was a bit disoriented.
  • She showed me how she cooked the rice, chopped the onions and cut to pieces the jiggly white tofu.

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