Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1900-2000
Origin: shimmy type of dance (1900-2000), perhaps from shimmy 'simple dress or piece of women's underwear' (19-20 centuries), from chemise

shimmy

verb
     
shim‧my past tense and past participle shimmied, present participle shimmying, third person singular shimmies [intransitive]
to move forwards or backwards while also quickly moving slightly from side to side

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary