[ wig-uh l ]
/ ˈwɪg əl /

verb (used without object), wig·gled, wig·gling.

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.

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.


    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
Related formsout·wig·gle, verb (used with object), out·wig·gled, out·wig·gling.
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British Dictionary definitions for wiggle


/ (ˈwɪɡəl) /


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
Derived Formswiggler, nounwiggly, adjective

Word Origin for wiggle

C13: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch wiggelen
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Word Origin and History for wiggle



early 13c., perhaps from Middle Dutch or Middle Flemish wigelen, frequentative of wiegen "to rock," from wiege "cradle" (cf. Old High German wiga, German Wiege, Old Frisian widze), from PIE root *wegh- "to move" (see weigh). Related: Wiggled; wiggling. The noun is attested from 1816.

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