- 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
- to talk foolishly or without purpose; idle away time talking.
Origin of waffle3
Examples from the Web for waffling
His waffling on apologizing to Korean women who were sex workers in wartime Japan has enraged many.How Sexism Could Bring Down Japan’s Government
Angela Erika Kubo, Jake Adelstein
June 25, 2014
When Obama was seen as waffling on gays in the military, for instance, liberals went berserk.Why Obama Won't Touch Gun Control
January 24, 2011
What did it mean that one of our greatest oracles was waffling?The Myth About Old Wine
January 26, 2010
- 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 waffling
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.