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[wod-l] /ˈwɒd l/
verb (used without object), waddled, waddling.
to walk with short steps, swaying or rocking from side to side, as a duck.
to move in any similar, slow, rocking manner; wobble:
The ship waddled into port.
an act or instance of waddling, especially a waddling gait.
Origin of waddle
1350-1400; Middle English; see wade, -le; compare German watteln
Related forms
waddler, noun
waddlingly, adverb
waddly, adjective
unwaddling, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for waddle
Contemporary Examples
  • That fact can be confirmed by standing on any street corner in any city of the country and watching Americans waddle by.

Historical Examples
  • Their walk is a waddle, and they bulge with seaming corpulency.

  • The march of the centuries may be majestic, but the waddle of this little ant of a man is not.

    Jewel Weed

    Alice Ames Winter
  • Her walk was degenerating into a waddle; stairs caused her to grunt.

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • At the time, baby was quite able to walk—at least to waddle or toddle.

    The Buffalo Runners R.M. Ballantyne
  • As the morning drew on, they began to waddle away towards the river.

    On the Banks of the Amazon W.H.G. Kingston
  • The alligator awoke and made for the water as fast as it could waddle.

    Martin Rattler R.M. Ballantyne
  • As long as that is all, waddle, you are not worthy to be called a man.

    Ralph the Heir

    Anthony Trollope
  • waddle started, and stood with his mouth open, looking up at his friend.

    Ralph the Heir

    Anthony Trollope
  • So he stood for some seconds, and then came the words of which waddle had spoken.

    Ralph the Heir

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for waddle


verb (intransitive)
to walk with short steps, rocking slightly from side to side
a swaying gait or motion
Derived Forms
waddler, noun
waddling, adjective
waddly, adjective
Word Origin
C16: probably frequentative of wade
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Word Origin and History for waddle

"to walk with short steps," 1590s, frequentative of wade. Related: Waddled; waddling. The noun is recorded from 1690s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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