- to speak or write equivocally: to waffle on an important issue.
- to speak or write equivocally about: to waffle a campaign promise.
- waffling language.
Origin of waffle2
- a crisp golden-brown pancake with deep indentations on both sides
- (as modifier)waffle iron
- (intr often foll by on) to speak or write in a vague and wordy mannerhe waffled on for hours
- vague and wordy speech or writing
Word Origin and History for waffler
1744, from Dutch wafel "waffle," from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German wafel, from Proto-Germanic *wabila- "web, honeycomb" (cf. Old High German waba "honeycomb," German Wabe), related to Old High German weban, Old English wefan "to weave" (see weave (v.)). Sense of "honeycomb" is preserved in some combinations referring to a weave of cloth. Waffle iron is from 1794.
1690s, "to yelp, bark," frequentative of waff "to yelp" (1610); possibly of imitative origin. Figurative sense of "talk foolishly" (1701) led to that of "vacillate, equivocate" (1803), originally a Scottish and northern English usage. Related: Waffled; waffling.