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

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    Nalbro Bartley
  • 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.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • 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

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 waddled

waddle

v.

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

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