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waddle

[wod-l] /ˈwɒd l/
verb (used without object), waddled, waddling.
1.
to walk with short steps, swaying or rocking from side to side, as a duck.
2.
to move in any similar, slow, rocking manner; wobble:
The ship waddled into port.
noun
3.
an act or instance of waddling, especially a waddling gait.
Origin of waddle
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see wade, -le; compare German watteln
Related forms
waddler, noun
waddlingly, adverb
waddly, adjective
unwaddling, adjective
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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

waddle

/ˈwɒdəl/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to walk with short steps, rocking slightly from side to side
noun
2.
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
v.

"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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