- 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 shimmy
Contemporary Examples of shimmy
Operations were slowed so a team of eight technicians could shimmy up the ship to tighten up the cables.The Raising of the Concordia
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 17, 2013
Historical Examples of shimmy
Why, that music was enough to make a saint shed his halo and shake a shimmy.The Plastic Age
Ah never wore anything but a cotton dress, a shimmy and draw's.
Why, Aunt Caroline, he doesn't know any more about theology than you do about dancing the shimmy.Good References
E. J. Rath
"I want Kieth's sister to show us what the shimmy is," demanded one young man with a broad grin.Flappers and Philosophers
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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
- 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 for shimmy
"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.