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[wag-uh l] /ˈwæg əl/
verb (used without object), waggled, waggling.
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.
to move up and down or from side to side in a short, rapid manner; wag:
to waggle one's head.
Golf. to make a waggle with (a golf club).
a waggling motion.
Golf. a swinging movement made with a golf club to and fro over the ball prior to a stroke.
Origin of waggle
First recorded in 1585-95; wag + -le
Related forms
wagglingly, adverb Unabridged
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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


to move or cause to move with a rapid shaking or wobbling motion
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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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