- to walk with short steps, swaying or rocking from side to side, as a duck.
- to move in any similar, slow, rocking manner; wobble: The ship waddled into port.
- an act or instance of waddling, especially a waddling gait.
Origin of waddle
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Examples from the Web for waddle
That fact can be confirmed by standing on any street corner in any city of the country and watching Americans waddle by.Free to Be Fat
Richard B. McKenzie
November 23, 2011
Their walk is a waddle, and they bulge with seaming corpulency.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
The march of the centuries may be majestic, but the waddle of this little ant of a man is not.Jewel Weed
Alice Ames Winter
Her walk was degenerating into a waddle; stairs caused her to grunt.Tommy and Co.
Jerome K. Jerome
At the time, baby was quite able to walk—at least to waddle or toddle.The Buffalo Runners
As the morning drew on, they began to waddle away towards the river.On the Banks of the Amazon
- to walk with short steps, rocking slightly from side to side
- a swaying gait or motion
C16: probably frequentative of wade
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Word Origin and History for waddle
"to walk with short steps," 1590s, frequentative of wade. Related: Waddled; waddling. The noun is recorded from 1690s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper