Definition of wiggle in English:

wiggle

Line breaks: wig¦gle
Pronunciation: /ˈwɪɡ(ə)l
 
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verb

Move or cause to move up and down or from side to side with small rapid movements: [with object]: Vi wiggled her toes [no object]: my tooth was wiggling about
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  • Perhaps a person could control the response by wiggling a toe or moving a finger that has nanosensors embedded in it.
  • I wiggled my toes before moving towards the door turning on the lights and then I swung it open.
  • Adam scrunched up his face, his tongue wiggling a loose tooth on the side of his mouth.
Synonyms
jiggle, wriggle, twitch, flutter, shimmy, joggle, wag, wobble, shake, twist, squirm, writhe, wave, quiver, jerk, bobble
informal waggle

noun

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1A wiggling movement: a slight wiggle of the hips
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  • Hence blondes, without even casting a come-hither glance or a wiggle of their child-rearing hips on the dance floor, appear more fertile to men simply by their natural colouring.
  • With a quick wiggle of his hips he told the hundred or so in attendance that it was a combination of Lismore's strong love message and his desire to start in the race walk.
  • She tosses her head and glances over her shoulder to her Master, playfully adding a wiggle to her step.
1.1A deviation in a line: a wiggle on a chart
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  • The artist combines elegant lines, wiggles and pointillism to create an atmosphere of surreal spaces surrounding the character.
  • Another rounding error, another ‘journalistic rationale’ for the wiggles in the market chart.
  • If ever there was a lesson in following company fundamentals, investing for the long term, and ignoring the nonsense spouted about hot sectors, new economies, and wiggles in the share price chart, Logica is surely it.

Origin

Middle English: from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch wiggelen (frequentative).

Phrases

get a wiggle on

informal Get moving; hurry.
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  • Treasurer stuff is another matter, and he'll need to get a wiggle on to make up for his silly remarks on the Industry Commission in his maiden speech back in 1993 and build up the economic cred Labor is going to need.
  • My start time was at 8: 30, so I had to get a wiggle on and give my bike it's shake down cruise to make sure all was well mechanically with it.
  • The commission asked the legislators to get a wiggle on, start making changes now.

Derivatives

wiggly

adjective (wigglier, wiggliest)
More example sentences
  • On the front of the mower is a rolling barrel with foot-long wiggly rubber fingers.
  • Dumped the car at the station and set out on what I'd planned to make a short stroll, but somehow ended up in Southend, about three miles by road and slightly further by the wiggly seafront.
  • The three dozen first-graders were a rowdy and wiggly bunch, almost as jumpy as some of the animals brought out for them to pet.

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