shimmy

[shim-ee]

noun, plural shim·mies.

an American ragtime dance marked by shaking of the hips and shoulders.
excessive wobbling in the front wheels of a motor vehicle.
a chemise.

verb (used without object), shim·mied, shim·my·ing.

to dance the shimmy.
to shake, wobble, or vibrate.

Origin of shimmy

1830–40, for def 3; 1915–20 for def 1; back formation and respelling of chemise, construed as a plural
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wobble, dance, vibrate

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British Dictionary definitions for shimmied

shimmy

noun plural -mies

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

verb -mies, -mying or -mied (intr)

to dance the shimmy
to vibrate or wobble

Word Origin for shimmy

C19: changed from chemise, mistakenly assumed to be plural
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Word Origin and History for shimmied

shimmy

v.

"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.

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