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jiggle

[jig-uh l]
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verb (used with or without object), jig·gled, jig·gling.
  1. to move up and down or to and fro with short, quick jerks.
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noun
  1. a jiggling movement.
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Origin of jiggle

First recorded in 1835–40; jig2 + -le
Related formsjig·gler, noun
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Related Words for jiggle

shimmy, wiggle, twitch, fidget, jig, jigger, jerk, jog, agitate, shimmer, shake, bob, vellicate, joggle

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British Dictionary definitions for jiggle

jiggle

verb
  1. to move or cause to move up and down or to and fro with a short jerky motionto jiggle the door handle
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noun
  1. a short jerky motion
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Derived Formsjiggly, adjective

Word Origin for jiggle

C19: frequentative of jig; compare joggle
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Word Origin and History for jiggle

v.

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

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