noun, plural shim·mies.
verb (used without object), shim·mied, shim·my·ing.
Origin of shimmy
Examples 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
Why, Aunt Caroline, he doesn't know any more about theology than you do about dancing the shimmy.Good References|E. J. Rath
Ah never wore anything but a cotton dress, a shimmy and draw's.
British Dictionary definitions for shimmy
noun plural -mies
verb -mies, -mying or -mied (intr)
Word Origin for shimmy
Word Origin and History 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.