[ jog-uhl ]
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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.

  1. to join or fasten by fitting a projection into a recess.

  2. to fit or fasten with dowels.

verb (used without object),jog·gled, jog·gling.
  1. to move irregularly; have a jogging or jolting motion; shake.

  1. the act of joggling.

  2. a slight shake or jolt.

  1. a moving with jolts or jerks.

  2. a projection on one of two joining objects fitting into a corresponding recess in the other to prevent slipping.

  3. Carpentry. an enlarged area, as of a post or king post, for supporting the foot of a strut, brace, etc.

Origin of joggle

First recorded in 1505–15; jog1 + -le

Other words from joggle

  • joggler, noun

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How to use joggle in a sentence

  • "It 's Napoleon Bonaparte; don't joggle," said his father, running a brush steadily along the water-line.

    Eli | Heman White Chaplin
  • 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
  • She did not invite him in, but with easy assurance he took his seat on the joggle-board beside the door and awaited her return.

    The Clansman | Thomas Dixon
  • They make me want to joggle their elbows and force them to spill their wine.

    The American | Henry James
  • It is very sad to be unable to dine without having family skeletons joggle one's elbow, and Ardmore was annoyed.

    The Little Brown Jug at Kildare | Meredith Nicholson

British Dictionary definitions for joggle


/ (ˈdʒɒɡəl) /

  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

  1. the act of joggling

  2. a slight irregular shake; jolt

  1. 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

  2. a shoulder designed to take the thrust of a strut or brace

Origin of joggle

C16: frequentative of jog 1

Derived forms of joggle

  • joggler, noun

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