Definition of wiggle in English:



  • Move or cause to move up and down or from side to side with small rapid movements.

    with object ‘Vi wiggled her toes’
    no object ‘my tooth was wiggling about’
    • ‘She sighed as the family pet jumped onto her feet and wiggled between her toes.’
    • ‘Think of a needle, heated to a glowing red heat, plunged deep into your joints and then jiggled and wiggled about for your amusement.’
    • ‘Adam scrunched up his face, his tongue wiggling a loose tooth on the side of his mouth.’
    • ‘She took her shoes off then, and wiggled her toes contentedly inside her silk stockings.’
    • ‘She stood there for a second, wiggling her toes into the fine sand, and inhaling the clean salty breeze.’
    • ‘I wiggled my toes and I felt them move so I guess that's a good sign.’
    • ‘I wait for them at the top, dangling my feet off the side of the building, wiggling my stiff toes in the air.’
    • ‘He gave a mighty pull and - look there - wiggling on the end of his tweezers was my beautiful nerve ending.’
    • ‘She wiggled her long toes in the sunlight and I told her she ought to be careful out here.’
    • ‘Lindbergh made them laugh by wiggling his ears and his shoes were so big that they put puppets in them at night.’
    • ‘I wiggled my toes inside my sneakers and willed the bus to wait.’
    • ‘She squirmed and wiggled around a little and was able to shake the blanket off.’
    • ‘The Scot writhed and wiggled as much as his constraints would allow, trying to escape.’
    • ‘I wiggled my toes before moving towards the door turning on the lights and then I swung it open.’
    • ‘Perhaps a person could control the response by wiggling a toe or moving a finger that has nanosensors embedded in it.’
    • ‘I fidgeted a little, slipping my rings between my fingers and wiggling my toes inside my sneakers.’
    • ‘Every time they told her to sit still she wiggled and squirmed as much as she could.’
    • ‘He lifted his bare foot, wiggling all of his toes in her face mockingly.’
    • ‘It was like wiggling milk teeth - you just can't leave it alone to drop out, you have to help it along.’
    • ‘He squirmed and wiggled free of her grip and began exploring the corners of her bed.’
    jiggle, wriggle, twitch, flutter, shimmy, joggle, wag, wobble, shake, twist, squirm, writhe, wave, quiver, jerk, bobble
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  • 1A wiggling movement.

    ‘a slight wiggle of the hips’
    • ‘Each of Lydia's scenes with Diana is a battle of the dialogue-punctuating butt wiggles.’
    • ‘Our generation's pseudo-hip-hop air jabbing and furtive wiggles just didn't hack it.’
    • ‘If you can't get up, do a series of in-seat exercises like toe wiggles, ankle rotations, knee lifts and shoulder shrugs.’
    • ‘And not even the infamous wiggle of his Cleopatra can compare to his passion for golf.’
    • ‘If one overacts, the other has to add even more eyebrow wiggles and long, hard staring to top him.’
    • ‘You know, down to the last wiggle of the hips, and down to every kind of expression of character and socialbility and her interests and all.’
    • ‘I can't bump any more but I can manage a sedate wiggle providing it doesn't go on too long.’
    • ‘In retrospect, Presley's wiggles seem perfectly suited to a medium that showed the movements and performance styles that radio listeners could only imagine.’
    • ‘Hence blondes, without even casting a come-hither glance or a wiggle of their child-rearing hips on the dance floor, appear more fertile to men simply by their natural colouring.’
    • ‘The blink of an eye, the wiggle of a thumb, the touch of a lobe, and thousands of pounds move from one account into another, the auctioneer's gavel, like a referee's whistle, the final arbiter.’
    • ‘With a quick wiggle of his hips he told the hundred or so in attendance that it was a combination of Lismore's strong love message and his desire to start in the race walk.’
    • ‘She tosses her head and glances over her shoulder to her Master, playfully adding a wiggle to her step.’
    • ‘No person could say that she moved in a suggestive manner, but the tiny wiggle of her hips was completely and absolutely sensual.’
    • ‘Ahmed guides us through the flat, desolate landscape with a complicated series of frenzied taps, hand wiggles and screams (we can only assume this is delight at our driving).’
    • ‘He still shows up opponents with his belly-shaking, fist-flailing ‘Walker Wiggle,’ though the wiggles come less frequently now.’
    • ‘She straightened to her full height (she barely came to Priss' shoulder) and gave her shoulders a wiggle of importance.’
    • ‘John motioned with a wiggle of his brows towards Lace's swaying bottom as she moved down the steps.’
    • ‘She led the way with her sexy wiggle without looking back to see if the client was following her or not.’
    • ‘‘I might have written a poem about the Queen Mother's 100th birthday, but it wouldn't have been at all proper,’ he says with a cheeky wiggle of the eyebrows.’
    • ‘I responded by tucking the cover in too tightly for your wiggle.’
    1. 1.1 A deviation in a line.
      ‘a wiggle on a chart’
      • ‘Another rounding error, another ‘journalistic rationale’ for the wiggles in the market chart.’
      • ‘He then mathematically superimposed additional wiggles and shifts representing the movements of the lunar perigee and nodes to bring this main, smooth loop closer to the moon's true orbit.’
      • ‘It showed only a slight wiggle when rotated into vertical mode.’
      • ‘The artist combines elegant lines, wiggles and pointillism to create an atmosphere of surreal spaces surrounding the character.’
      • ‘If ever there was a lesson in following company fundamentals, investing for the long term, and ignoring the nonsense spouted about hot sectors, new economies, and wiggles in the share price chart, Logica is surely it.’


  • get a wiggle on

    • informal Get moving; hurry.

      • ‘The commission asked the legislators to get a wiggle on, start making changes now.’
      • ‘Treasurer stuff is another matter, and he'll need to get a wiggle on to make up for his silly remarks on the Industry Commission in his maiden speech back in 1993 and build up the economic cred Labor is going to need.’
      • ‘We need to look at the Waterberg and the Free State and, if Sasol doesn't get a wiggle on, the good news is that the Canadians want to put up a coal-to-liquids plant on the South African border.’
      • ‘My start time was at 8: 30, so I had to get a wiggle on and give my bike it's shake down cruise to make sure all was well mechanically with it.’
      • ‘If we're going to get this little chap Permission To Remain from our Head Mopple and do our bit at Full Muster we need to get a wiggle on.’
      be quick, hurry up, move quickly, go fast, hasten, make haste, speed, speed up, lose no time, press on, push on, run, dash, rush, hurtle, dart, race, fly, flash, shoot, streak, bolt, bound, blast, charge, chase, career, scurry, scramble, scamper, scuttle, sprint, gallop, go hell for leather, go like lightning
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Middle English: from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch wiggelen (frequentative).