[skwig-uh l]
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verb (used without object), squig·gled, squig·gling.
  1. to move in or appear as squiggles: His handwriting squiggled across the page.
verb (used with object), squig·gled, squig·gling.
  1. to form in or cause to appear as squiggles; scribble.

Origin of squiggle

1830–40; blend of squirm and wriggle
Related formssquig·gly, adjective
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Related Words for squiggle

twist, wiggle, wriggle, squirm, writhe

Examples from the Web for squiggle

Contemporary Examples of squiggle

Historical Examples of squiggle

  • The heart is a five, the dot a zero, and backward sevens with one squiggle are twos.

    The Egyptian Cat Mystery

    Harold Leland Goodwin

British Dictionary definitions for squiggle


  1. a mark or movement in the form of a wavy line; curlicue
  2. an illegible scrawl
  1. (intr) to wriggle
  2. (intr) to form or draw squiggles
  3. (tr) to make into squiggles
Derived Formssquiggler, nounsquiggly, adjective

Word Origin for squiggle

C19: perhaps a blend of squirm + wiggle
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Word Origin and History for squiggle

1804, probably a blend of squirm and wriggle. Related: Squiggled; squiggling.


1902, from squiggle (v.).

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