noun (plural shimmies)
- 1A kind of ragtime dance in which the whole body shakes or sways.More example sentences
- "If this was a shimmy competition you'd win first prize, but it's not," one of the judges said.
- "I suppose that is why you work with so many plays," said Charlotte, "showing everyone the proper way to do a shimmy or a waltz."
- After trouble teaching her the shimmy, he described his challenge to the camera: "Bristol is really shy, she's never performed in front of anybody and she's only in the public eye because of her mom."
- 1.1A shake or sway of the body.More example sentences
- Even heard on your iPod, it should at least provide a few head-bops and maybe a shimmy or two.
- She made a tiny, uncontrollable shimmy with her hips.
- I laced my arm around Keith's waist and gave a little shimmy and a wink.
- 2 [mass noun] Shaking, especially abnormal vibration of the wheels of a motor vehicle: steering stabilizers reduce shimmy even from oversized tyresMore example sentences
- Whenever he drives too fast - whenever the needle on his speedometer goes above 40 - the car develops a dangerous shimmy.
- The mechanic informs him that he cannot fix the shimmy.
- If I strap my 10-pound mechanic's bag to the top of the rear rack, then the shimmy is so bad that hands free riding at any speed is out of the question.
- 3 • archaic informal term for chemise.More example sentences
- Even though people called her poor and trash, she wore her red shimmy and smiled and studied like every other student.
- We never wore our own clothes while we were there - we only wore a shimmy and a grey frock and one petticoat, made of the same as the frock, but no flannel petticoat or drawers.
verb (shimmies, shimmying, shimmied)[no object] Back to top
- 1Dance the shimmy.More example sentences
- He gyrates, shimmies, shakes his ass.
- Constantine shimmied until beads of perspiration gathered on his shiny forehead.
- For two 50-minute sets the crowd shrugged and shimmied to the rhythm of a more blithe and brilliant era.
- 1.1Shake or sway the body.More example sentences
- He danced, pranced, shimmied and shook; his energy was electric.
- More than twice he was enticed into a rash challenge as the Dutchman shimmied this way then that, but twice he was booked for them.
- She giggled, shimmied and cooed her way through the pre-awards interviews, her hair dyed flaming ginger-red styled in soft-permed pigtails, like a toy doll.
- 2 [with adverbial of direction] Move effortlessly; glide with a swaying motion: her hair swung in waves as she shimmied down the catwalkMore example sentences
- She shimmied over, introduced herself, and he said 'I'm delighted to meet you.'
- He found a couple of kids who, for $5 each, shimmied up the trees and plucked the fruit.
- He quickly shimmied up the ladder to the hay loft, reaching down to help Amelia up.
- 3Shake or vibrate abnormally: he braked hard and felt the car shimmy dangerouslyMore example sentences
- I knew how the steering wheel felt, always shimmying a little under your hands because there was no way you could keep the front end aligned.
- A frame that will not shimmy for a light rider often will shimmy under a heavier rider.
- It is not an indicator of instability; even though the bike is highly unstable when shimmying, it can be an extremely stable bike just a few miles per hour slower.
early 20th century: of unknown origin.
More definitions of shimmyDefinition of shimmy in:
- The US English dictionary