Definition of squiggle in English:

squiggle

Line breaks: squig¦gle
Pronunciation: /ˈskwɪg(ə)l
 
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noun

A short line that curls and loops in an irregular way: some prescriptions are a series of meaningless squiggles
More example sentences
  • From simple lines to curves, squiggles and intricate designs - she creates endless patterns in no time.
  • The line with squiggles on it was said to represent the laying of carpet.
  • We had spent the last hour and a half trying to program our computer to make pretty patterns but all we got was a line, a squiggle and crashing computers.

verb

[no object] chiefly North American Back to top  
Wriggle; squirm: a thin worm that squiggled in his palm
More example sentences
  • He said: ‘I'm sick of the others wriggling and squiggling over it.’
  • Looks like it squiggled down near that bench over there.
  • Vanessa shrieked, bucking and squiggling, kicking and flailing.

Origin

early 19th century: perhaps a blend of squirm and wiggle or wriggle.

Derivatives

squiggly

adjective (squigglier, squiggliest)
More example sentences
  • I snapped, irritated, and bent over this journal again, watching my hand shake as I scribbled a long squiggly line across the lined pages.
  • I was always fascinated with the written word, even before I could read, and I must have recognised that there was something inherently magical about squiggly symbols organised in lines and packed together like corduroy.
  • The bündnerfleisch was well-paired with the cheese, which was shaved off the wheel into little squiggly slices somewhat resembling pencil shavings, of all things.

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