One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Move or cause to move with repeated small bobs or jerks.no object ‘the car bounced and joggled on the rough road’
jiggle, bob, bounce, jolt, jerk, shakeView synonyms
- ‘Interlocks and circuitry are provided to effect safe automatic sequencing of the joggling machine.’
- ‘The men onboard tried hopelessly to shoot at the two girls, but their joggled aim got them no good results.’
- ‘This should reduce the distortion if it gets joggled.’
- ‘He starts up running again, counting his pocket change, wipes his goggles as they joggle up and down his face.’
- ‘If the weather gets too bad he joggles in place or does a figure eight in his basement.’
- ‘And with that he stalked off, leaving his friend to rush after him, school bag joggling backwards and forwards on his back.’
A bobbing or jerking movement.
jiggle, joggle, jerkView synonyms
- ‘But if the fimbriae grip too loosely, the bacteria will detach from the surface of a cell at the slightest joggle.’
- ‘The question is whether you can live with the disappointment of hearing the distinctive, ice-cream-wouldn't-melt, joggle and rattle of a black cab.’
Early 16th century: frequentative of jog.
A joint between two pieces of stone, concrete, or timber consisting of a projection in one of the pieces fitting into a notch in the other or a small piece let in between the two.
Join (pieces of stone, concrete, or timber) by means of a joggle.
- ‘The two elements are joggled in plan so that the northern one projects as a shaded deck towards the east.’
- ‘It contains three restaurants and a cafeteria, in plan, three strips of accommodation are joggled to provide terraces, privacy and contact with the surrounding landscape.’
- ‘The plan is joggled so that these walls do not connect the blocks, but define the court and allow it to connect to the now apparently untouched meadow that surrounds the place.’
Early 18th century: perhaps related to jag.
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