Definition of squiggle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskwiɡəl/


A short line that curls and loops in an irregular way: some prescriptions are a series of meaningless squiggles
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  • 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.


[no object] chiefly North American
1Wriggle; squirm: a worm that squiggled in his palm
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  • 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.
1.1 [with object] Squeeze (something) from a tube so as to make irregular, curly lines on a surface.
Example sentences
  • I squiggled the soap and made it into cakes to give to Mr. Toot and Husky.



Pronunciation: /ˈskwiɡ(ə)lē/
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.


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

Words that rhyme with squiggle

giggle, higgle, jiggle, niggle, sniggle, wiggle, wriggle

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Syllabification: squig·gle

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