shimmy
I. noun (plural shimmies) Date: 1837 1. [by alteration] chemise 2. [short for shimmy-shake] a jazz dance characterized by a shaking of the body from the shoulders down 3. an abnormal vibration especially in the front wheels of a motor vehicle II. intransitive verb (shimmied; shimmying) Date: 1919 1. to shake, quiver, or tremble in or as if in dancing a shimmy 2. to vibrate abnormally — used especially of automobiles 3. shinny

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  • shimmy — [ ʃimi ] n. m. • 1920; mot arg. angl. amér., altér. de l angl. chemise, mot fr. ♦ Anglic. 1 ♦ Anciennt Danse d origine américaine, en vogue vers 1920, qui s exécutait avec un tremblement des épaules. 2 ♦ (1925) Tremblement ou flottement des roues …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • shimmy — (v.) do a suggestive dance, 1918, perhaps via phrase shake the shimmy, possibly from shimmy (n.), a U.S. dialectal form of CHEMISE (Cf. chemise) (mistaken as a plural; Cf. SHAMMY (Cf. shammy)) first recorded 1837; or related to SHIMMER (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • shimmy — [shim′ē] n. 1. [< CHEMISE misunderstood as pl.] [Old Slang] Slang former a chemise ☆ 2. [< phr. to shake a shimmy] a) a jazz dance, popular in the 1920s, characterized by much shaking of the body b) a marked shaking, vibration, or wobble,… …   English World dictionary

  • shimmy — ► NOUN (pl. shimmies) 1) a kind of ragtime dance in which the whole body shakes or sways. 2) abnormal vibration of the wheels of a motor vehicle. ► VERB (shimmies, shimmied) 1) dance the shimmy. 2) shake or vibrate …   English terms dictionary

  • Shimmy — Shim my, n. A chemise. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shimmy — s.n. v. şimi. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DN …   Dicționar Român

  • shimmy — (izg. šȉmi) m <G šȉmija> DEFINICIJA glazb. pov. društveni ples raširen u SAD u za Prvoga svjetskoga rata, kasnije popularan i u Europi ETIMOLOGIJA amer.engl …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • shimmy — vb *shake, tremble, quake, totter, quiver, shiver, shudder, quaver, wobble, teeter, dither …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Shimmy — Shim|my 〈[ʃı̣mı] m. 6; umg.; salopp〉 nordamerikanischer Gesellschaftstanz der 20er Jahre im 3/4 Takt [engl.; Kurzform von shimmyshake „Tanz mit Schüttelbewegungen“] * * * Shimmy   [englisch/amerikanisch, ʃɪmɪ], Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts in den… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • 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,… …   Wikipedia

  • Shimmy — Le shimmy est une danse qui trouve ses fondements aux États Unis, dans la danse noire de la fin du XIXe siècle. Elle évoque la notion de chatoiement et de vibration. Il a été un peu modifié par des immigrants blancs qui y ont vu une parenté… …   Wikipédia en Français

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