waddle

[ wod-l ]
/ ˈwɒd l /
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verb (used without object), wad·dled, wad·dling.

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.

noun

an act or instance of waddling, especially a waddling gait.

Nearby words

  1. wadai,
  2. waddenzee,
  3. waddesdon manor,
  4. wadding,
  5. waddington,
  6. waddy,
  7. wade,
  8. wade in,
  9. wade, benjamin franklin,
  10. wade-giles system

Origin of waddle

1350–1400; Middle English; see wade, -le; compare German watteln

Related formswad·dler, nounwad·dling·ly, adverbwad·dly, adjectiveun·wad·dling, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for waddled

waddle

/ (ˈwɒdəl) /

verb (intr)

to walk with short steps, rocking slightly from side to side

noun

a swaying gait or motion
Derived Formswaddler, nounwaddling, adjectivewaddly, adjective

Word Origin for waddle

C16: probably frequentative of wade

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Word Origin and History for waddled

waddle

v.

"to walk with short steps," 1590s, frequentative of wade. Related: Waddled; waddling. The noun is recorded from 1690s.

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