noun, plural shim·mies.
verb (used without object), shim·mied, shim·my·ing.
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What does shimmy mean?
The shimmy is a dance move that involves repeated shaking of the shoulders and hips, as in The dancer entranced the audience with her hypnotizing shimmy.
Shimmy can also mean to perform the specific dance or to shake or wobble in general, as in The puppy shimmied through the tight doggy door.
The noun shimmy may be accompanied by a term that says specifically which part of the body a person is shaking, as in I celebrated my big win with a shoulder shimmy.
The plural of shimmy is shimmies.
Example: The singer shimmied along with the back-up dancers during the guitar solo.
Where does shimmy come from?
The first records of shimmy come from around 1830. It comes from a respelling of chemise, a woman’s undergarment that resembles a loose shirt. In the 1910s, it started to be used to refer to a dance move that was becoming popular.
The shimmy dance emerged at the height of the ragtime era of American music and dance. Back then, excessive shoulder and hip shaking was considered obscene and scandalous and so the shimmy dance was often banned in dance halls. Today, the shimmy is just one of many dance moves that some consider provocative.
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- shimmies (plural noun, simple present tense verb)
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How is shimmy used in real life?
Shimmy is most often used to refer to the dance or to wobbly movement.
I’ve reached the age where, when I’m looking for something and find it, I do finger guns at it and shimmy before picking it up.
— Barbara Dunkelman (@bdunkelman) August 7, 2020
Aggressive full body shimmy before getting out of the shower to get as much water off your body as possible…. or just me?
— 𝐙𝐎𝐌𝐁𝐎𝐘 (@Zomboy) April 6, 2019
Messi just scored a great goal and shimmied to the crowd in his celebration. Man is living his best life in his thirties.
— Zito (@_Zeets) March 18, 2018
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Example sentences from the Web for shimmy
Operations were slowed so a team of eight technicians could shimmy up the ship to tighten up the cables.
The leader of the band danced a sort of shimmy as he marched, at the same time tootling on a flute.Where the Strange Trails Go Down|E. Alexander Powell
Don't put anything but its little shimmy on; it's goin' to be another hot day.The Leatherwood God|William Dean Howells
Rather than call it shimmy, resume the use of the old English words shift and smock.The Verbalist|Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
He had even been known to dive under the water and shimmy up a tree that was reflected there.Tom Slade's Double Dare|Percy Keese Fitzhugh
The children played shimmy and other games, imitating the white children, sometimes with the white folks.Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves|Work Projects Administration