Definition of squiggle in US English:

squiggle

noun

  • A short line that curls and loops in an irregular way.

    ‘some prescriptions are a series of meaningless squiggles’
    • ‘I stared at the page of equations I had just finished, looking at the neat rows of numbers and seeing nothing but a blur of meaningless squiggles.’
    • ‘Opening up my textbook, I find a mass of lines, squiggles, and letters.’
    • ‘Using the glass paints, make squiggles, dots or lines on the surface of the bottles.’
    • ‘The squeeze bottles quickly form squiggles, dots, and spirals on almost every dish, and they're even used for tasks like dressing salads that do not require their precision.’
    • ‘Those funny dots, lines, and squiggles help writers point the way.’
    • ‘Then, using a straw, get your child to blow the paint into funny lines and squiggles so all the colours mix and overlap.’
    • ‘In about 30 seconds, cartoonist Rahnu can turn a spiral into a snail, a scribble into a bunny and a squiggle into a bird.’
    • ‘Together, they drew lines, and squiggles, and circles, until the green crayon was exhausted.’
    • ‘He pointed out a squiggle containing two loops drawn at the top of the page.’
    • ‘From simple lines to curves, squiggles and intricate designs - she creates endless patterns in no time.’
    • ‘She makes a series of squiggles - and when she's done I see that each is a circle with a perpendicular line.’
    • ‘The line with squiggles on it was said to represent the laying of carpet.’
    • ‘Most of the scratchy lines and squiggles visible here are the green patina of oxidized bronze, not a part of the original coin as cast.’
    • ‘He always takes a torch pen along so he can see what he is writing - he learned very early that taking notes in the dark left a meaningless squiggle.’
    • ‘Alternately, if you doubt your ability to draw, ask someone who can draw to do it for you, with you sitting there explaining what all of those strange lines and squiggles mean.’
    • ‘I now have pages filled with meaningless strings of words, little diagrams, squiggles and waves.’
    • ‘He tried to make out the name on the signature line, but all he got was an ‘M’ followed by a squiggle, and an ‘O’ followed by a longer squiggle with a big bump near the beginning.’
    • ‘When a bat swoops overhead, Miller's laptop beeps and clicks, and corresponding lines and squiggles appear on the screen.’
    • ‘We had spent the last hour and a half trying to program our computer to make pretty patterns but all we got was a line, a squiggle and crashing computers.’
    • ‘The powder came to my boot tops, and we never seemed to come close to our previous tracks, leaving long, gorgeous snow squiggles that stretched for miles.’
    signature, autograph, cross, x, scribble, initials, imprint
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verb

[no object]North American
  • 1Wriggle; squirm.

    ‘a worm that squiggled in his palm’
    • ‘I felt Allegra squiggling around inside me and I knew she was going to be remarkable.’
    • ‘Looks like it squiggled down near that bench over there.’
    • ‘‘First meal at a fine restaurant,’ I speculated to myself, savoring a custardy bite of 1015 onion flan and spearing a spring onion, its green top squiggling across the plate and its tart beurre blanc gleaming in the sepia-toned light.’
    • ‘But the par - 3 third is downhill, and suddenly we're in northern Minnesota, with narrow fairways lined by pines and cedars and Sand Creek squiggling across many holes.’
    • ‘He said: ‘I'm sick of the others wriggling and squiggling over it.’’
    • ‘Namazu squiggled over in his fish-waddle manner.’
    • ‘Sage stared in amazement as she was squiggling around, trying to get away.’
    • ‘She squiggled easily out of his grasp and chased after the ball, which was rolling across the floor.’
    • ‘When I was laying there, squiggling around, I was anything but tired.’
    • ‘She squiggled around on the easement, scuffing her new green sandals in the gravel.’
    • ‘Roguish building blocks appear to be recklessly stacked, squiggle across scoured plazas or bend upward or away as if seen through a curved lens.’
    • ‘He frowned and one eyebrow squiggled into a question mark.’
    • ‘They (to switch to the gender-free plural) are also wont to niggle and squiggle over every jot and tittle.’
    • ‘He tries squiggling out from underneath me, but I am the Tickling Queen, and he fails.’
    • ‘We had some people in the drawing room, and Miss Dog was squiggling about on the floor being winsome.’
    • ‘I'm trying to reel them in and throw them squiggling into the boat.’
    • ‘However, if I start to squiggle please let me know.’
    • ‘At the sound of Eddie's complaint, Johnny walked and I hobbled into the sitting room where Eddie sat squiggling about in the seat trying to get comfortable.’
    • ‘Taile dug his fingers into Cali's ribs, causing him to squiggle around, laughing, his eyes opening.’
    • ‘Vanessa shrieked, bucking and squiggling, kicking and flailing.’
    meander, snake, twist, twist and turn, tack, wind, weave, wander, wiggle, undulate
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    1. 1.1with object Squeeze (something) from a tube so as to make irregular, curly lines on a surface.
      ‘I watched the girl squiggle yellow and red paint on the paper’
      • ‘I squiggled the soap and made it into cakes to give to Mr. Toot and Husky.’

Origin

Early 19th century: perhaps a blend of squirm and wiggle or wriggle.

Pronunciation

squiggle

/ˈskwɪɡəl//ˈskwiɡəl/