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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    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:
    the act of causing something to move up and down (or back and forth) with quick movements
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