- an American ragtime dance marked by shaking of the hips and shoulders.
- excessive wobbling in the front wheels of a motor vehicle.
- a chemise.
- to dance the shimmy.
- to shake, wobble, or vibrate.
Origin of shimmy
Examples from the Web for shimmied
As she gyrated and shimmied at the VMAs on Sunday night, Taylor Swift did not seem like a person under attack.Why We Should Hate 'Haters Gonna Hate'
August 25, 2014
In a tucked-in black t-shirt and slacks, the seemingly average Joe shimmied and shaked to the bassline.Future Islands Frontman Samuel T. Herring on Their 11-Year Journey to Letterman and Viral Stardom
April 3, 2014
Ringo clapped; Yoko flashed peace signs; Steven Tyler tumbled for ya; Beyoncé shimmied; and Katy Perry threw “Roar” punches.The Grammys Train Wreck: An Insult to Lou Reed, Hip-Hop, and Good Taste
January 27, 2014
- an American ragtime dance with much shaking of the hips and shoulders
- abnormal wobbling motion in a motor vehicle, esp in the front wheels or steering
- an informal word for chemise
- to dance the shimmy
- to vibrate or wobble
Word Origin and History for shimmied
"do a suggestive dance," 1918, perhaps via phrase shake the shimmy, which is possibly from shimmy (n.), a U.S. dialectal form of chemise (mistaken as a plural; cf. shammy) first recorded 1837. Or perhaps the verb is related to shimmer (v.) via a notion of glistening light. Transferred sense of "vibration of a motor vehicle" is from 1925. Related: Shimmied; shimmying. As a noun, the name of a popular, fast, suggestive pre-flapper dance, by 1919.