[ wod-l ]
/ ˈwɒd l /

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.


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

Origin of waddle

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

Related forms

wad·dler, nounwad·dling·ly, adverbwad·dly, adjectiveun·wad·dling, adjective
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/ (ˈwɒdəl) /

verb (intr)

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


a swaying gait or motion

Derived Forms

waddler, nounwaddling, adjectivewaddly, adjective

Word Origin for waddle

C16: probably frequentative of wade
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