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/ ˈʃɪm i /
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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.



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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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British Dictionary definitions for shimmy

/ (ˈʃɪmɪ) /

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
C19: changed from chemise, mistakenly assumed to be plural
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