wiggle

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English wiglen, probably from Middle Dutch wigelen (to wiggle) and perhaps Middle Low German wigelen, frequentative of wiegen (to rock), from wiege (cradle)[1]. See wain, and Dutch wieg (cradle).

Cognate to Dutch wiggelen (to wiggle).

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wiggle (third-person singular simple present wiggles, present participle wiggling, simple past and past participle wiggled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To move with irregular, back and forward or side to side motions; To shake or jiggle.
    Her hips wiggle as she walks.
    The jelly wiggles on the plate when you move it.

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wiggle (plural wiggles)

  1. A rapid movement in alternating opposite directions, not necessarily regular.
    She walked with a sexy wiggle.
  2. (figuratively) An alternating state or characteristic. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  3. (in the plural) See wiggles.

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