from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small wiggly mark or scrawl.
  • intransitive verb To squirm and wriggle.
  • intransitive verb To make squiggles.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To shake a fluid about in the mouth with the lips closed.
  • To move about like an eel; squirm; wriggle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb Low, U.S. To move about like an eel; to squirm.
  • intransitive verb Prov. Eng. To shake and wash a fluid about in the mouth with the lips closed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a short twisting or wiggling line or mark
  • noun informal the tilde
  • noun an illegible scrawl
  • verb to wriggle or squirm
  • verb to make a squiggle
  • verb to write (something) illegibly

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an illegible scrawl
  • noun a short twisting line


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Perhaps blend of squirm and wiggle.]


  • He is referring to the squiggle of shiny plastic detail filled with coloured ink. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • No first name, unless the squiggle was a first name.

    Resurrection Men

  • As I told you, I looked at that insane diagram with the squiggle to one side and I knew the diagram was me and the squiggle was a question mark.

    Project Pope

  • I finshed it up by quilting a basic cross-hatch into the basket and then a kind of squiggle into the flowers - to give the impression of stems, if you see what I mean.

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  • He says there was a different kind of squiggle for every word and they used to write whole books in squiggles.

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  • A shapeless squiggle which is utterly unlike your normal signature, but which is, nevertheless, all you are able to produce when asked formally to identify yourself.

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  • Steve- If I were looking at Juckes’ blue squiggle and your blue squiggle on an oscilloscope, I would conclude that your squiggle was a bandwidth limited version of Juckes’ squiggle – that is, the high frequency content is more smoothed in your squiggle.

    Decoding Juckes SI Figure 1 « Climate Audit

  • Winning off 139, he has still got some way to go to match Voy Por Ustedes in the 170s, and with the Timeform 'squiggle' still arched over the Twiston-Davies yard, he is not attractive enough to risk at 7 / 1. - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • For example, see a color, squiggle, meaning of a squiggle, and / or hear a key word or phrase?

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  • But hay is better than a net, 'cept that it tickles you, "and Bunny took from his neck some pieces of dried grass that made him wiggle, and" squiggle, "as

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  • He likes to get me down in the long weeds between

    two of them marble things - I can see ivy sprout

    on the cross by his head. He makes me squiggle when

                              he sticks his hand up.

    - Peter Reading, Tryst, from Diplopic, 1983

    June 30, 2008