[ tog-uh l ]
/ ˈtɒg əl /


a pin, bolt, or rod placed transversely through a chain, an eye or loop in a rope, etc., as to bind it temporarily to another chain or rope similarly treated.
a toggle joint, or a device having one.
an ornamental, rod-shaped button for inserting into a large buttonhole, loop, or frog, used especially on sports clothes.
  1. Also called toggle rail. a wooden batten across the width of a flat, for strengthening the frame.
  2. Also called toggle iron. a metal device for fastening a toggle rail to a frame.

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


Nearby words

  1. together,
  2. together with,
  3. togetherness,
  4. togger,
  5. toggery,
  6. toggle bolt,
  7. toggle iron,
  8. toggle joint,
  9. toggle switch,
  10. toghril beg

Origin of toggle

First recorded in 1760–70; perhaps variant of tackle

Related formstog·gler, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for toggle


/ (ˈtɒɡəl) /


a wooden peg or metal rod fixed crosswise through an eye at the end of a rope, chain, or cable, for fastening temporarily by insertion through an eye in another rope, chain, etc
a wooden or plastic bar-shaped button inserted through a loop for fastening
a pin inserted into a nautical knot to keep it secure
machinery a toggle joint or a device having such a joint


(tr) to supply or fasten with a toggle or toggles
computing (intr, often foll by between) to switch to a different option, view, application, etc
Derived Formstoggler, noun

Word Origin for toggle

C18: of unknown origin

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