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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
  • But as long as any of us could pile on enough clothing and waddle out of the hut, we didn't dare stop.

    Four-Day Planet Henry Beam Piper
  • 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
  • Compassionate Columbia simply must not waddle when she pokes her horn of plenty at famine-stricken China.

    Linda Lee, Incorporated Louis Joseph Vance
  • Her walk was degenerating into a waddle; stairs caused her to grunt.

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • "She's piled up for certain, but I guess she could get up and waddle if we urged her," he said slowly.

    Hurricane Island H. B. Marriott Watson
  • At the time, baby was quite able to walk—at least to waddle or toddle.

    The Buffalo Runners R.M. Ballantyne
  • Anxiety made him hop about and waddle from peephole to peephole, like a hen looking for grain.

    Steel Charles Rumford Walker
  • The alligator awoke and made for the water as fast as it could waddle.

    Martin Rattler R.M. Ballantyne
  • "You must have caught her eye," the old gentleman smiled, watching her waddle through the hall with an inviting tray.

    Sunlight Patch Credo Fitch Harris
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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