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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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  • Whereat she waddled to the table to wait for the hot cakes to arrive.

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  • She waddled to the door and Olive followed her meekly, but she could not keep her lips from smiling.

    Olive in Italy Moray Dalton
  • The Baroness, to tell the truth, waddled rather than stepped to the rostrum.

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  • Ruth ran up-stairs, and Fuller waddled into the room where Reuben waited.

    Aunt Rachel David Christie Murray
  • He caught at the bell-pull in passing, gave it a tug, and waddled off to his bedroom.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • He waddled back, to come out with a towel and key, which he handed to Murdoch.

    Police Your Planet Lester del Rey
  • He grabbed Gordon's hand and waddled down the landing plank.

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  • In fact, one might say that he waddled, or even crawled, rather than walked.

    The Tale of Timothy Turtle Arthur Scott Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for waddled


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 waddled



"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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