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[jig-uh l] /ˈdʒɪg əl/
verb (used with or without object), jiggled, jiggling.
to move up and down or to and fro with short, quick jerks.
a jiggling movement.
Origin of jiggle
First recorded in 1835-40; jig2 + -le
Related forms
jiggler, noun Unabridged
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  • Every curve and jiggle and bounce was engraved forever on his mind.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • All Barry can seem to do though is to jiggle the spark and look surprised.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • But their ears are cold, and they jiggle on one leg against a frosty toe.

    Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks
  • He wouldn't have to jiggle any flies off his skin then, if we had him in a boat.

  • And if you rode on Prince, which is the other horse, he might jiggle you off into a snow bank.

  • The big man brought himself up short and turned—carefully, so as not to jiggle the baby on his shoulder.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • And his head bobbed slowly up and down, for it was fastened so that the least jar or jiggle would move it.

  • However, before he could get near enough to her to "jiggle" her arm, and make her drop the pan, Dinah came in.

    The Bobbsey Twins at Home

    Laura Lee Hope
British Dictionary definitions for jiggle


to move or cause to move up and down or to and fro with a short jerky motion: to jiggle the door handle
a short jerky motion
Derived Forms
jiggly, adjective
Word Origin
C19: frequentative of jig; compare joggle
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Word Origin and History for jiggle

1836, from jig (q.v.) + -le, frequentative suffix. Related: Jiggled; jiggling. As a noun, from 1840.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for jiggle



: the ads for comedies in the jiggle genre/ a brand of show so dependent on buxom starts and wet T-shirts that it was called jiggle television


  1. The bouncing and shaking of a woman's parts, esp of the breasts •Hence the whole tone and style of blatant female sexual exploitation: help put the jiggle back in the series ''Charlie's Angels''
  2. A TV program featuring the bouncing and shaking of a woman's parts: when advertisers see wall-to-wall jigglies in prime time


: She swims, jumps rope, and practices jiggling in front of the mirror (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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