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[skwig-uh l]
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  1. a short, irregular curve or twist, as in writing or drawing.
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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.
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verb (used with object), squig·gled, squig·gling.
  1. to form in or cause to appear as squiggles; scribble.
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Origin of squiggle

1830–40; blend of squirm and wriggle
Related formssquig·gly, adjective
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  • 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
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  1. (intr) to wriggle
  2. (intr) to form or draw squiggles
  3. (tr) to make into squiggles
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Derived Formssquiggler, nounsquiggly, adjective

Word Origin

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.

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1902, from squiggle (v.).

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