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[wig-uh l] /ˈwɪg əl/
verb (used without object), wiggled, wiggling.
to move or go with short, quick, irregular movements from side to side:
The puppies wiggled with delight.
verb (used with object), wiggled, wiggling.
to cause to wiggle; move quickly and irregularly from side to side.
a wiggling movement or course.
a wiggly line.
a dish of creamed fish or shellfish and peas.
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.
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 forms
outwiggle, verb (used with object), outwiggled, outwiggling. Unabridged
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  • Pawnee Brown had dropped down in the long grass and was now wiggling along like a snake through the bushes and between the rocks.

    The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
  • They were darting over the walls and ceiling and wiggling over the floor.

    The Lady Doc Caroline Lockhart
  • "But you don't know how they feel," retorted Grace, wiggling one foot in its trim slipper experimentally.

  • But all his wiggling and twisting were of not the slightest help to him.

    The Tale of Timothy Turtle Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Right at Jacko she flew, beating her big wings and gnashing her beak, and wiggling her sharp claws.

    Jacko and Jumpo Kinkytail Howard R. Garis
  • He was wiggling so that his christening robe was most off him.

    The Story of Opal Opal Whiteley
  • "This is traveling de luxe" said I, stretching out my stockinged feet on the foot rail, and wiggling my cramped toes.

    The Campfire Girls Go Motoring Hildegard G. Frey
  • Then he softly dropped the hook, with the wiggling, dangling worm, into the water.

    The White Crystals Howard R. Garis
British Dictionary definitions for wiggling


to move or cause to move with jerky movements, esp from side to side
the act or an instance of wiggling
(slang, mainly US) get a wiggle on, to hurry up
Derived Forms
wiggler, noun
wiggly, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch wiggelen
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Word Origin and History for wiggling



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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Slang definitions & phrases for wiggling


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get a move on

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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