[tog-uh l]
  1. 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.
  2. a toggle joint, or a device having one.
  3. an ornamental, rod-shaped button for inserting into a large buttonhole, loop, or frog, used especially on sports clothes.
  4. Theater.
    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.
  1. to furnish with a toggle.
  2. to bind or fasten with a toggle.
  3. Informal. to turn, twist, or manipulate a toggle switch; dial or turn the switch of (an appliance): He toggled the TV between the baseball game and the news.

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. 2018

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  1. 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
  2. a wooden or plastic bar-shaped button inserted through a loop for fastening
  3. a pin inserted into a nautical knot to keep it secure
  4. machinery a toggle joint or a device having such a joint
  1. (tr) to supply or fasten with a toggle or toggles
  2. 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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Word Origin and History for toggled



1769, "short pin passed through the eye of a rope," a nautical word of uncertain origin, perhaps a frequentative form of tog "tug." Meaning "a kind of wall fastener" is recorded from 1934. Toggle bolt is from 1794; toggle switch first attested 1938.



1836, from toggle (n.). Related: Toggled; toggling.

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