- to wobble or shake, especially while in motion: The ball waggled slowly to a stop. The leaves of the tree waggled in the wind.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for waggle
Waggle your eyebrows at a girl, and she'll ask what's wrong with your eye.David's Bookclub: Sodom and Gomorrah
September 29, 2012
For instance, that night, all he did was to waggle his finger at me.Victory
At this rare praise he would straighten his shoulders and waggle his head.Gigolo
And yet, however much it may waggle, a stone does fall to earth if you drop it.Fantasia of the Unconscious</p>
D. H. Lawrence
I saw Wiggle just now in the dressing-room, talking to Waggle, his inseparable.
Bacchus is the divinity to whom Waggle devotes his especial worship.
- to move or cause to move with a rapid shaking or wobbling motion
- a rapid shaking or wobbling motion
C16: frequentative of wag 1
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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.
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