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shoogle (third-person singular simple present shoogles, present participle shoogling, simple past and past participle shoogled)

  1. (transitive, Scotland, Northern England) To shake or rock rapidly.
    • 2005, David Fiddimore, Tuesday's War, unnumbered page,
      I heard the sparks who drove us saying something like, ‘You keep these three Doc; we'll shoogle up the mess boys and find some breakfast.’
    • 2005, Neil Keir Henderson, An English Summer in Scotland and Other Unlikely Events, page 225,
      Suddenly, a rhythmic shaking and rattling overtook the room, shoogling and shimmying the structure in time to the acid jazz stomp riverboat boogie shuffle beat of the song.
    • 2008, Mandy Haggith, Paper Trails: From Trees to Trash - The True Cost of Paper, page 25,
      He dipped it, scooped up a sheet's worth of pulp from the vessel and shook it even, rocking it back and forth to let out the water. There is a wonderful Scots word, ‘shoogle’, for precisely this rocking motion. After shoogling the frame, he let it drip for a few seconds, then, as if opening the window, he raised the deckle and lifted out the gauze.


shoogle (plural shoogles)

  1. An act of shoogling; a shake.
    • 1850, John Galt, The Entail, page 299,
      First and foremost, howsever, gie that sleepy body, Dirdumwhamle, a shoogle out o' his dreams.
    • 2010, Steward Gemmill, The Treasures of Drumory, page 1342,
      To him, it might as well have been music, and his subsequent display of dance kicks and bum shoogles, had them all in hysterics.
    • 2012, Neil Munro, The Vital Spark, page 54,
      And when he would be sayin' good-bye to them from the brudge, he would chust take off his hat and give it a shoogle, and put it on again; his manners wass complete.

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