[ skwig-uh l ]
/ ˈskwɪg əl /


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 forms

squig·gly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for squiggly


/ (ˈskwɪɡəl) /


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


(intr) to wriggle
(intr) to form or draw squiggles
(tr) to make into squiggles

Derived Forms

squiggler, nounsquiggly, adjective

Word Origin for squiggle

C19: perhaps a blend of squirm + wiggle
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