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waggle

[wag-uh l] /ˈwæg əl/
verb (used without object), waggled, waggling.
1.
to wobble or shake, especially while in motion:
The ball waggled slowly to a stop. The leaves of the tree waggled in the wind.
verb (used with object), waggled, waggling.
2.
to move up and down or from side to side in a short, rapid manner; wag:
to waggle one's head.
3.
Golf. to make a waggle with (a golf club).
noun
4.
a waggling motion.
5.
Golf. a swinging movement made with a golf club to and fro over the ball prior to a stroke.
Origin of waggle
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; wag + -le
Related forms
wagglingly, adverb
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  • For instance, that night, all he did was to waggle his finger at me.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • At this rare praise he would straighten his shoulders and waggle his head.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • And yet, however much it may waggle, a stone does fall to earth if you drop it.

  • I saw Wiggle just now in the dressing-room, talking to waggle, his inseparable.

    The Book of Snobs William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Bacchus is the divinity to whom waggle devotes his especial worship.

    The Book of Snobs William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Judge Priest's head began to waggle with little sidewise motions.

    Back Home Irvin S. Cobb
  • Speaking of the waggle, Mr. Travis is delightfully indefinite.

    The Soul of Golf Percy Adolphus Vaile
  • I am not aware that anybody has yet explained the reason for the waggle.

    The Soul of Golf Percy Adolphus Vaile
  • She did not have to waggle it much before Miss Minnie took notice of her.

    Carolyn of the Corners Ruth Belmore Endicott
British Dictionary definitions for waggle

waggle

/ˈwæɡəl/
verb
1.
to move or cause to move with a rapid shaking or wobbling motion
noun
2.
a rapid shaking or wobbling motion
Derived Forms
wagglingly, adverb
waggly, adjective
Word Origin
C16: frequentative of wag1
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Word Origin and History for waggle
v.

mid-15c., frequentative of wag (v.). Cf. Dutch waggelen "to waggle," Old High German wagon "to move, shake," German wackeln "to totter." Related: Waggled; waggling.

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