American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To move back and forth with quick irregular motions: The gelatin wiggled on the plate.
- v. To move or proceed with a twisting or turning motion; wriggle: wiggled restlessly in her chair; wiggled through the crowd.
- v. To insinuate or extricate oneself by sly or subtle means: wiggled out of a social engagement.
- v. To cause to move back and forth with quick irregular motions: wiggle a loose tooth.
- v. To make (one's way, for example) by or as if by wiggling: The pitcher wiggled his way out of a jam.
- n. A wiggling movement or course.
- idiom. get a wiggle on Slang To hurry or hurry up.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To waggle; wabble; wriggle.
- n. A waggling or wriggling motion.
- v. transitive, intransitive To move with irregular, back and forward or side to side motions; To shake or jiggle.
- n. A wiggling movement.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Prov. Eng. & Colloq. U. S. To move to and fro with a quick, jerking motion; to bend rapidly, or with a wavering motion, from side to side; to wag; to squirm; to wriggle
- n. colloq. Act of wiggling; a wriggle.
- v. move to and fro
- n. the act of wiggling
- Middle English wiglen, possibly from Middle Dutch or Old English (Wiktionary)
- Middle English wiglen, probably from Middle Low German wiggelen, to totter; see wegh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Lipmann extended our understanding of bioenergetics by formulating the concept of the ATP metabolic wheel and introducing his famous "wiggle" (~P) to represent the bonds of high energy phosphate derivatives.”
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“Mr. Lundgaard spent evenings hunched over his espresso machine, studying exemplars on YouTube and rehearsing his "wiggle," the back and forth motion of the hand pouring milk.”
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