Definition of squiggle in English:


Syllabification: squig·gle
Pronunciation: /ˈskwigəl


  • 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.


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  • 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.
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    • I squiggled the soap and made it into cakes to give to Mr. Toot and Husky.



Pronunciation: /ˈskwig(ə)lē/
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  • 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.

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