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[jog-uh l]
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verb (used with object), jog·gled, jog·gling.
  1. to shake slightly; move to and fro, as by repeated jerks; jiggle: She joggled the key in the lock a couple of times before getting the door open.
  2. to cause to shake or totter as by a sudden, slight push; jostle.
  3. to join or fasten by fitting a projection into a recess.
  4. to fit or fasten with dowels.
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verb (used without object), jog·gled, jog·gling.
  1. to move irregularly; have a jogging or jolting motion; shake.
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  1. the act of joggling.
  2. a slight shake or jolt.
  3. a moving with jolts or jerks.
  4. a projection on one of two joining objects fitting into a corresponding recess in the other to prevent slipping.
  5. Carpentry. an enlarged area, as of a post or king post, for supporting the foot of a strut, brace, etc.
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Origin of joggle

First recorded in 1505–15; jog1 + -le
Related formsjog·gler, noun
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Historical Examples

  • His only reply was to joggle her arm when she reached for the cake.

    The Court of Boyville

    William Allen White

  • Jerry would not have missed one joggle or sway of that ride for worlds.

    The Circus Comes to Town

    Lebbeus Mitchell

  • They make me want to joggle their elbows and force them to spill their wine.

    The American

    Henry James

  • Joggle, jog′l, n. a notch in joints adapted in fitting stones or pieces of timber together to keep them from sliding.

  • Because sometimes I feel that I'd like to give you a good shaking, just to joggle you out of your shell for a few minutes.

    The Silver Poppy

    Arthur Stringer

British Dictionary definitions for joggle


  1. to shake or move (someone or something) with a slightly jolting motion
  2. (tr) to join or fasten (two pieces of building material) by means of a joggle
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  1. the act of joggling
  2. a slight irregular shake; jolt
  3. a joint between two pieces of building material by means of a projection on one piece that fits into a notch in the other; dowel
  4. a shoulder designed to take the thrust of a strut or brace
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Derived Formsjoggler, noun

Word Origin

C16: frequentative of jog 1
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Word Origin and History for joggle


1510s, apparently a frequentative of jog, though attested earlier than it. Related: Joggled; joggling. Carpentry sense is from 1703, of unknown origin. As a noun from 1727.

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