joggle

To joggle is to jostle or rhythmically shake something. The bathroom door sticks sometimes, but if you joggle the handle it'll open!

From its sound, you'd think that joggle is a combination of "jiggle" and "jog," but it actually predates jiggle by more than 300 years. When you joggle a baby on your lap, you bounce it gently, and if you find yourself nervously joggling your foot during an interview, you're shaking it. As a noun, joggle has an entirely different meaning: it's a kind of dowel or tooth used to hold bricks or stones together in a wall.

Definitions of joggle
  1. verb
    fasten or join with a joggle
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    type of:
    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
  2. noun
    a fastener that is inserted into holes in two adjacent pieces and holds them together
    synonyms: dowel, dowel pin
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    type of:
    fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast
    restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place
  3. verb
    move to and fro
    synonyms: jiggle, wiggle
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    types:
    wag, waggle
    move from side to side
    type of:
    agitate, shake
    move or cause to move back and forth
  4. noun
    a slight irregular shaking motion
    synonyms: jiggle
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    type of:
    shaking
    the act of causing something to move up and down (or back and forth) with quick movements
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