to move or go with short, quick, irregular movements from side to side: The puppies wiggled with delight.
to cause to wiggle; move quickly and irregularly from side to side.
a wiggling movement or course.
a wiggly line.
a dish of creamed fish or shellfish and peas.
Idioms about wiggle
get a wiggle on, Informal. to hurry up; get a move on: If you don't get a wiggle on, we'll miss the first act.
- outwiggle, verb (used with object), out·wig·gled, out·wig·gling.
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How to use wiggle in a sentence
The NFL has precious little wiggle room if more teams suffer outbreaks, but on a league level, so far it’s a navigable situation.Which Bill O’Brien Was Worse, The Coach Or The GM? | Sarah Shachat | October 6, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Thinner margins accompanied by relatively high rates of debt provide less wiggle room if the properties, or the economy, run into trouble.The Kushners’ Freddie Mac Loan Wasn’t Just Massive. It Came With Unusually Good Terms, Too. | by Heather Vogell | October 1, 2020 | ProPublica
Some camps say even the current rules provide some wiggle room and they might choose to open regardless of whether they’re changed.
Surprisingly, one was a wiggle to only one side of the cell.Human sperm don’t swim the way that anyone had thought | Jack J. Lee | July 31, 2020 | Science News
A truly all-terrain rover on the moon or Mars may need to put a little wiggle in its walk.Wiggly wheels might help rovers plow through loose lunar soils | Maria Temming | June 26, 2020 | Science News For Students
wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle.Year of the Butt: How the Booty Changed the World in 2014 | Kevin Fallon | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Why are we still listening to songs like “wiggle” on the radio?
Many of us strike a happy medium, leaving enough wiggle room with reality to spin a good yarn.Writing a Novel: Even Making It Up Requires Research | Ridley Pearson | July 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And so his horizons slope, his power lines wiggle, his bridges curve.Rackstraw Downes’s Art and Essays Are Two Sides of the Same Genius | Bill Morris | June 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Bound by teachings on same-sex marriage, yes, but there was apparently some wiggle room on the issue of marriage in general.Eastside Catholic: Break the Rules All You Want, Unless You’re Gay | Scott Bixby | January 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Oi know ye're there, fer Oi saw th' bushes wiggle a wee bit.Frank Merriwell's Pursuit | Burt L. Standish
Hank, he's trying to look the other way, but that doctor won't let his eyes wiggle away from his'n.Danny's Own Story | Don Marquis
The wiggle has to be three or four octaves above that before the nerves will have anything to do with it.Unwise Child | Gordon Randall Garrett
They wear yearning facial expressions; when they start to walk, they do not walk, but writhe and wiggle.The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society | Upton Sinclair
I hold that natur haz its laws and programmy, all the wa down, from the biling over ov a volkano tu the wiggle ov a lam's tale.Josh Billings, Hiz Sayings | Henry Wheeler Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for wiggle
to move or cause to move with jerky movements, esp from side to side
the act or an instance of wiggling
get a wiggle on slang, mainly US to hurry up
- wiggler, noun
- wiggly, adjective
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