Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To move or rock lightly up and down or to and fro in an unsteady, jerky manner: The gelatin jiggled on the plate.
  • transitive v. To cause to jiggle.
  • n. A jiggling motion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a weak, shaking movement.
  • v. To shake something gently; to rattle or wiggle.
  • v. To shake, rattle, or wiggle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To wriggle or frisk about; to move awkwardly; to shake up and down.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To practise affected or awkward motions; wriggle.
  • To jerk or joggle slightly.
  • n. A slight joggle; a quick jiggling movement.

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

  • v. move to and fro
  • n. a slight irregular shaking motion

Etymologies

Frequentative of jig1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • But that's an argument as old as the term "jiggle TV" harking back to the original "Charlie's Angels" -- which, 35 years later, returns to ABC in an updated but no less jiggly version starring tough-but-tantalizing Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly and Rachael Taylor.

  • Barbi Benton's been a Playboy icon (but surprisingly, no centerfolds), a regular on Hee Haw (I don't think there's been one Hee Haw article on this whole site), and part of an ABC show called Sugar Time, for which one critic coined the phrase jiggle tv.

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  • Mad Men knockoffs that Maureen Dowd describes as "jiggle TV," which is simply inaccurate.

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  • If I really wanted this kind of jiggle action I would go to the ballet.

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  • I only wish I could have thought of a better word than "jiggle," which has an unfortunate connotation and of course rhymes with "giggle," which undercuts the sincerity of my post, f'shiggle.

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  • Over at mon autre blog I have an episode of Blansky's Beauties, the bomb Garry Marshall created for ABC in 1977 to get in on the "jiggle" craze, and one of the worst shows ever created by someone who had two top-ten hits on the air granted, there aren't many people who have had two top-ten hits at once.

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  • I've also heard him use, I believe, Gigabyte to begin like the word "jiggle", not as I would say it, like "giggle".

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  • I remember my father openning up the back of the TV set periodically to "jiggle" the tubes to get the set to work.

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  • However, before he could get near enough to her to "jiggle" her arm, and make her drop the pan, Dinah came in.

    The Bobbsey Twins at Home

  • This time he jumped backward, and flung his arms about to illustrate the "jiggle;" and -- and he knocked over the peacock glass vase, and it fell on the marble hearth, and broke into fifty pieces.

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