What does shimmy mean?

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ˈʃɪm ishim·my

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shimmynoun

    an abnormal wobble in a motor vehicle (especially in the front wheels)

    "he could feel the shimmy in the steering wheel"

  2. chemise, shimmy, shift, slip, teddynoun

    a woman's sleeveless undergarment

  3. shimmyverb

    lively dancing (usually to ragtime music) with much shaking of the shoulders and hips

  4. shimmy, wobbleverb

    tremble or shake

    "His voice wobbled with restrained emotion"

  5. shimmyverb

    dance a shimmy


  1. shimmynoun

    An abnormal vibration, especially in the wheels of a vehicle.

  2. shimmynoun

    A dance that was popular in the 1920s.

  3. shimmynoun

    A sleeveless chemise.

  4. shimmyverb

    To climb something (e.g. a pole) gradually (e.g. using alternately one's arms then one's legs.)

  5. shimmyverb

    To vibrate abnormally, as a broken wheel.

  6. shimmyverb

    To shake the body as if dancing the shimmy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shimmynoun

    a chemise


  1. Shimmy

    A shimmy is a dance move in which the body is held still, except for the shoulders, which are alternated back and forth. When the right shoulder goes back, the left one comes forward. It may help to hold the arms out slightly bent at the elbow, and when the shoulders are moved, keep the hands in the same position. In 1917, a dance-song titled "Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble" by Spencer Williams was published, as was "The Jazz Dance, which included the "Shimmy-She", among others. Flappers often performed the dance in the 1920s. The origin of the name is often attributed to Gilda Gray, a Polish emigrant to America. An anecdote says that when she was asked about her dancing style, she answered, in heavy accent, "I'm shaking my chemise". However, in an interview Gilda denied having said this, and earlier usages of the word are recorded. In the late 1910s others were also attributed as being the "inventor" of the shimmy, including Bee Palmer. Mae West, in her autobiography Goodness Had Nothing to Do with It, claimed to have retitled the "Shimmy-Shawobble" as the Shimmy herself, after seeing the moves in some black nightclubs. The move is also known under different names in various folk dances, in Gypsy dances. In Russian this move is called "Tsyganochka", or "gypsy girl", and is done by gypsy female dancers to produce a chime of costume decorations made of the sewn-on coins.

Rap Dictionary

  1. shimmynoun

    See booty. "Shimmy shimmy ya!" - Ol' Dirty Bastard (Shimmy shimmy ya).

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shimmy in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shimmy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of shimmy in a Sentence

  1. Large Peter Davis:

    Donald Trump saying things on a hot mic or Hilary having a coughing fit and doing a shoulder shimmy. ‘ SNL ’ is reaping all the benefits.

  2. Debbie Allen:

    Twerking has had many names ; it was the shimmy way back, twerking is funny. It's a booty move is what it is, and you could totally link it directly to African dance.

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