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”). See wain, and Dutch wieg (“cradle”).
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- (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.
to move with irregular motions
wiggle (plural wiggles)
- A rapid movement in alternating opposite directions, not necessarily regular.
- She walked with a sexy wiggle.
- (figuratively) An alternating state or characteristic. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- (in the plural) See wiggles.