[jig-uh l]

verb (used with or without object), jig·gled, jig·gling.

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 formsjig·gler, noun
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to move or cause to move up and down or to and fro with a short jerky motionto jiggle the door handle


a short jerky motion
Derived Formsjiggly, adjective

Word Origin for jiggle

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



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

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