Dictionary.com

squiggle

[ skwig-uhl ]
/ ˈskwɪg əl /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: squiggle / squiggled / squiggly on Thesaurus.com

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.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON "EVOKE" VS. "INVOKE"!

Call upon your favorite grammar inspirations to tackle this quiz on the differences and uses of "evoke" and "invoke."
Question 1 of 7
“Evoke” and “invoke” both derive from the same Latin root “vocāre.”

Meet Grammar Coach

Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing

Meet Grammar Coach

Improve Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of squiggle

1830–40; blend of squirm and wriggle

OTHER WORDS FROM squiggle

squiggly, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use squiggle in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for squiggle

squiggle
/ (ˈskwɪɡəl) /

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 forms of squiggle

squiggler, nounsquiggly, adjective

Word Origin for squiggle

C19: perhaps a blend of squirm + wiggle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK