To shimmy is to move slowly and carefully on your stomach or back. You might shimmy across a sticky floor to avoid getting your shoes stuck.

  • She shimmied across the room to get to the other side.

  • The monkey shimmied down the tree to get to the food.

Definition of shimmied


To perform a shimmy (dance movement involving thrusting the shoulders back and forth alternately).


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


To vibrate abnormally, as a broken wheel.


To shake the body as if dancing the shimmy.


To move across a narrow ledge, either by hanging from it or by strafing on it along the wall.

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