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wigwag

[wig-wag] /ˈwɪgˌwæg/
verb (used with or without object), wigwagged, wigwagging.
1.
to move to and fro.
2.
Nautical. to signal by movements of two flags or the like waved according to a code.
noun
3.
Nautical. the act or process of sending messages by the movements of two flags or the like waved according to a code.
4.
a message so signaled.
Origin of wigwag
1575-1585
1575-85; wig to wag (now dial.) + wag; gradational compound, parallel to zigzag, etc.
Related forms
wigwagger, noun
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Examples from the Web for wigwag
Historical Examples
  • The signal outfit consists of the International Code, Navy numerals and wigwag flags.

    Jersey City and its Historic Sites Harriet Phillips Eaton
  • If it be a Graycoat, it will answer with the same, the wigwag: "I'm a Squirrel, too."

    Bannertail Ernest Thompson Seton
  • The pole which had been used to convey the wigwag signals was now out of sight.

    Boy Scouts in the Philippines G. Harvey Ralphson
  • After parleying for a while, one of the landing party was seen to wigwag.

    A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee" Russell Doubleday
  • A "wigwag" flag may be easily made by sewing a white square of muslin in the centre of a red bandana handkerchief.

    A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee" Russell Doubleday
  • Unlike the "wigwag" system, the whole letter is shown at once.

    A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee" Russell Doubleday
  • The absence of the "wigwag" system made it impossible to convey intelligible messages.

    Truxton King George Barr McCutcheon
  • After that there was less pompous dignity and less hysteria, although the toes continued to wigwag.

  • He is due now—the wigwag train from Pont du Sable ought to be in any minute.

    The Arm-Chair at the Inn F. Hopkinson Smith
  • The battery in general was also put through a strenuous course in the use of the semaphore and the wigwag.

    The Delta of the Triple Elevens William Elmer Bachman
British Dictionary definitions for wigwag

wigwag

/ˈwɪɡˌwæɡ/
verb -wags, -wagging, -wagged
1.
to move (something) back and forth
2.
to communicate with (someone) by means of a flag semaphore
noun
3.
  1. a system of communication by flag semaphore
  2. the message signalled
Derived Forms
wigwagger, noun
Word Origin
C16: from obsolete wig, probably short for wiggle + wag1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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