shimmy

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Etymology[edit]

Dialectal form of chemise, mistaken for a plural.

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Noun[edit]

shimmy (plural shimmies)

  1. A dance movement involving thrusting the shoulders back and forth alternately.
  2. An abnormal vibration, especially in the wheels of a vehicle.
  3. A dance that was popular in the 1920s.
  4. (rare) A sleeveless chemise.

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Verb[edit]

shimmy (third-person singular simple present shimmies, present participle shimmying, simple past and past participle shimmied)

  1. (dance) To perform a shimmy (dance movement involving thrusting the shoulders back and forth alternately).
  2. To climb something (e.g. a pole) gradually (e.g. using alternately one's arms then one's legs).
    He shimmied up the flagpole.
    The static made her dress shimmy up her leg.
  3. (intransitive) To vibrate abnormally, as a broken wheel.
  4. (intransitive, rare) To shake the body as if dancing the shimmy.

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