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verb (used without object),wig·gled, wig·gling.
  1. to move or go with short, quick, irregular movements from side to side: The puppies wiggled with delight.

verb (used with object),wig·gled, wig·gling.
  1. to cause to wiggle; move quickly and irregularly from side to side.

  1. a wiggling movement or course.

  2. a wiggly line.

  1. a dish of creamed fish or shellfish and peas.

Idioms about wiggle

  1. 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.

Origin of wiggle

1175–1225; Middle English wiglen; akin to Old English wegan to move, wēg motion, wicga insect; compare Norwegian vigla to totter, frequentative of vigga to rock oneself, Dutch, Low German wiggelen

Other words from wiggle

  • outwiggle, verb (used with object), out·wig·gled, out·wig·gling.

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British Dictionary definitions for wiggle


/ (ˈwɪɡəl) /

  1. to move or cause to move with jerky movements, esp from side to side

  1. the act or an instance of wiggling

  2. get a wiggle on slang, mainly US to hurry up

Origin of wiggle

C13: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch wiggelen

Derived forms of wiggle

  • wiggler, noun
  • wiggly, adjective

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