squiggle

[skwig-uh l]
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 squiggling

twist, wiggle, wriggle, squirm, writhe

British Dictionary definitions for squiggling

squiggle

noun
  1. a mark or movement in the form of a wavy line; curlicue
  2. an illegible scrawl
verb
  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 squiggling

squiggle

v.

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

squiggle

n.

1902, from squiggle (v.).

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