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wiggle

[wig-uh l]
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verb (used without object), wig·gled, wig·gling.
  1. to move or go with short, quick, irregular movements from side to side: The puppies wiggled with delight.
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verb (used with object), wig·gled, wig·gling.
  1. to cause to wiggle; move quickly and irregularly from side to side.
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noun
  1. a wiggling movement or course.
  2. a wiggly line.
  3. a dish of creamed fish or shellfish and peas.
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Idioms
  1. get a wiggle on, Informal. to hurry up; get a move on: If you don't get a wiggle on, we'll miss the first act.
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Origin of wiggle

1175–1225; Middle English wiglen; akin to Old English wegan to move, wēg motion, wicga insect; compare Norwegian vigla to totter, frequentative of vigga to rock oneself, Dutch, Low German wiggelen
Related formsout·wig·gle, verb (used with object), out·wig·gled, out·wig·gling.
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  • The lantern light was extinguished but she did not remember the lantern, or Wiggle.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • Wiggle, appearing to sense the situation, began to bark up-roariously.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • Wiggle appeared to claim the locust as a souvenir of the scout's magic.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • Mr. Ellsworth, Pee-wee's scoutmaster, would have said that Wiggle lacked method.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • We have made a drawing of Wiggle No. 11, and send it to you.


British Dictionary definitions for wiggle

wiggle

verb
  1. to move or cause to move with jerky movements, esp from side to side
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noun
  1. the act or an instance of wiggling
  2. get a wiggle on slang, mainly US to hurry up
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Derived Formswiggler, nounwiggly, adjective

Word Origin

C13: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch wiggelen
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Word Origin and History for wiggle

v.

early 13c., perhaps from Middle Dutch or Middle Flemish wigelen, frequentative of wiegen "to rock," from wiege "cradle" (cf. Old High German wiga, German Wiege, Old Frisian widze), from PIE root *wegh- "to move" (see weigh). Related: Wiggled; wiggling. The noun is attested from 1816.

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