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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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Related Words for squiggly

curved, sinuous, curly, coiled, bumpy, rolling, snaky, undulate, unstable, winding, flexuous, plangent, sinuate, squiggly, undulant, undulatory, vermiculate, waving

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Contemporary Examples of squiggly

Historical Examples of squiggly

  • A huge dial beside the plate had a pointer and scores of notches, each labeled with a couple of squiggly characters.

    The Enormous Room

    Horace Leonard Gold

  • In each square was a bit of squiggly writing, in blackish paint, and a small wooden peg jutting out from the wall.

  • A frail man, with a bald head and a squiggly moustache, stood up behind his desk.

  • I could have hugged it to my breast and cried upon the squiggly little curls that never lie flat.

    Banked Fires

    E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi

  • With regard to the living-rooms, it is essential that they should not be square but squiggly.

British Dictionary definitions for squiggly


  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 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

Word Origin and History for squiggly



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

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1902, from squiggle (v.).

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