Definition of shimmy in English:

shimmy

Pronunciation /ˈSHimē/ /ˈʃɪmi/

Translate shimmy into Spanish

nounshimmies

  • 1A kind of ragtime dance in which the whole body shakes or sways.

    ‘Her revue included vernacular forms like the shimmy, black bottom, shorty George and the cakewalk.’
    • ‘The shimmy was named dance of the year.’
    • ‘The 1920s, self-evidently, were the era of the bottle party and the Bright Young Things, the Charleston and the shimmy, cigarette holders and mock Tudor.’
    • ‘Stripping and teasing, as well as dancing and prancing, began in the Jazz Age of the 1920s, when black performers became famous for doing the shimmy.’
    • ‘She did the shimmy all across her room, then she looked back to Greg.’
    • ‘It is an indescribably fast and furious combination of the slide, slop, funky chicken, mashed potato, camel walk, shimmy, applejack and quiver.’
    • ‘Ever get the urge to do the shimmy or the shake?’
    • ‘I think we all also felt sadness when Antoine announced this week that he would no longer be doing the shimmy.’
    • ‘By the time flappers showed up in the '20s, opening and closing their knees and swinging their arms in the briefest of outfits, the can-can and the shimmy looked positively quaint.’
    • ‘In less than two years she had won 84 cups in nightclub contests for dancing the Charleston, or by imitating Bee Jackson, the shimmy expert.’
    • ‘After trouble teaching her the shimmy, he described his challenge to the camera: "Bristol is really shy, she's never performed in front of anybody and she's only in the public eye because of her mom."’
    • ‘"I suppose that is why you work with so many plays," said Charlotte, "showing everyone the proper way to do a shimmy or a waltz."’
    • ‘"If this was a shimmy competition you'd win first prize, but it's not," one of the judges said.’
    1. 1.1A shake or sway of the body.
      ‘We had to move our hips around and do a shimmy, so it took a while for us to actually get the hang of it.’
      • ‘She is vocally more fiery and seductive than her all-purpose shimmy and coy smile suggest.’
      • ‘He beat the final defender with a delightful little shimmy before trotting round to touch down between the posts.’
      • ‘Basic Dance concentrates on the fundamentals of belly dancing - tantalizing hip drops, shimmies, pulsating lower body moves, half-turns, wrist circles and shoulder movements.’
      • ‘It's the effortless glide of the catwalk; a confident, sexy sort of shimmy that only supermodels and drag queens seem to possess.’
      • ‘He made an array of feints and shimmies that took him past opponents with relative ease.’
      • ‘With her serene smiles, delicate shimmies, and fluttering fan, she cast a teasing spell of seduction.’
      • ‘Luckily the performers had enough energy to rouse even this heat-weary crowd, with one dance after another full of high-powered jumps, stomps, shimmies, and kicks.’
      • ‘In the film, Salome does her sensual shimmy.’
      • ‘Even Auntie Alma got out of her wheelchair for a quick shimmy round the dancefloor.’
      • ‘As soon as people travelling with small children are asked to come forward, there is a sly shimmy towards the door, which quickly turns into a total scrum as people are asked to proceed according to boarding-card number.’
      • ‘With every twist and shimmy, every duck of the shoulder and cleverly chipped pass, he is looking more like his old self.’
      • ‘As the rest rued their luck, he made a little champion's shimmy with his hips in front of the giant screen.’
      • ‘Jimmy Spencer is certainly the man in form and a shimmy past his marker and a chip just over the bar enthralled the crowd.’
      • ‘With a shimmy and a shuffle, that was all he needed to go in for a try.’
      • ‘In Egyptian cabaret the dancer uses body-centered movements and shimmies, often dancing in a fairly small space.’
      • ‘She does a little shimmy and disappears.’
      • ‘I laced my arm around Keith's waist and gave a little shimmy and a wink.’
      • ‘Even heard on your iPod, it should at least provide a few head-bops and maybe a shimmy or two.’
      • ‘She made a tiny, uncontrollable shimmy with her hips.’
  • 2Shaking, especially abnormal vibration of the wheels of a motor vehicle.

    ‘steering stabilizers reduce shimmy even from oversized tires’
    • ‘Passing 120 knots, with an abort speed of 133 knots, I felt an increase in the nose wheel shimmy on my jet.’
    • ‘Greater fork trail gives the bike greater stability, but it does not necessarily reduce shimmy.’
    • ‘Now there is barely a hint of scuttle shake, and the odd shimmy and wobble you do still sense is no worse than in many saloons.’
    • ‘What can I do to minimize shimmy with the frame and fork that I have?’
    • ‘Sometimes, I have cured mild shimmy in a frame by changing out the fork, but many times, it has not worked.’
    • ‘The exception is if you have a shimmy in your front end.’
    • ‘Relaxing your arms through it helps to dampen it and pinch the top tube with your knees if it gets out of control, this stopped the shimmy completely in my case.’
    • ‘Except for changing forks to get a longer rake, none of your other suggestions will help me eliminate the shimmy unless I get a new frame.’
    • ‘Taxi back to the shop to have the damper serviced before flight anytime you experience a shimmy.’
    • ‘Since I reinstalled it, the boat has had a wicked shimmy.’
    • ‘I just want to add my two-cent opinion to the subject of front-end shimmy.’
    • ‘The oversized top tubes also helped reduce the possibly of the shimmy occurring.’
    • ‘He had a bad crash while descending at 45 mph when he lost control due to front wheel shimmy.’
    • ‘And as you suggest, a rider may eliminate shimmy by changing his position (fore / aft weight distribution) on the bike.’
    • ‘I believe that a rider's build affects the potential for shimmy to occur: how heavy is the rider relative to the bike?’
    • ‘You are confusing shimmy with stability.’
    • ‘When I ride the bike unloaded, I don't experience shimmy.’
    • ‘If I strap my 10-pound mechanic's bag to the top of the rear rack, then the shimmy is so bad that hands free riding at any speed is out of the question.’
    • ‘Whenever he drives too fast - whenever the needle on his speedometer goes above 40 - the car develops a dangerous shimmy.’
    • ‘The mechanic informs him that he cannot fix the shimmy.’
  • 3informal, archaic

    another term for chemise

    • ‘Even though people called her poor and trash, she wore her red shimmy and smiled and studied like every other student.’
    • ‘We never wore our own clothes while we were there - we only wore a shimmy and a grey frock and one petticoat, made of the same as the frock, but no flannel petticoat or drawers.’

intransitive verbshimmies, shimmying, shimmied

[no object]
  • 1Dance the shimmy.

    1. 1.1Shake or sway the body.
  • 2with adverbial of direction Move effortlessly; glide with a swaying motion.

    • ‘her hair swung in waves as she shimmied down the catwalk’
    1. 2.1shimmy up/downClimb quickly up or down by gripping with one's arms and legs.
      • ‘he shimmies up the pole’
  • 3Shake or vibrate abnormally.

    • ‘he braked hard and felt the car shimmy dangerously’
    jiggle, wriggle, twitch, flutter, shimmy, joggle, wag, wobble, shake, twist, squirm, writhe, wave, quiver, jerk, bobble

Origin

Early 20th century of unknown origin.