squiggle

[skwig-uh l]

noun

a short, irregular curve or twist, as in writing or drawing.

verb (used without object), squig·gled, squig·gling.

to move in or appear as squiggles: His handwriting squiggled across the page.

verb (used with object), squig·gled, squig·gling.

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

a mark or movement in the form of a wavy line; curlicue
an illegible scrawl

verb

(intr) to wriggle
(intr) to form or draw squiggles
(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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