- a batter cake with a pattern of deep indentations on each side, formed by the gridlike design on each of the two hinged parts of the metal appliance (waffle iron) in which the cake is baked.
- Also waf·fled. having a gridlike or indented lattice shape or design: a waffle pattern.
Origin of waffle1
- to speak or write equivocally: to waffle on an important issue.
- to speak or write equivocally about: to waffle a campaign promise.
- waffling language.
Origin of waffle2
- to talk foolishly or without purpose; idle away time talking.
Origin of waffle3
Examples from the Web for waffle
Cook waffles in waffle maker, sprinkle chocolate chips and drizzle chocolate sauce.Epic Meal Empire’s Meat Monstrosities: From the Bacon Spider to the Cinnabattleship
July 26, 2014
I look at that—I would have some kind of crazy Belgian waffle.The Gluten-Free Diet Has Two Faces
May 6, 2014
In Touch says Kim is closer to 200 pounds but that her foods of choice are “waffle cones and fries.”Pregnant Kim Kardashian Is Being Fat-Shamed, and It Needs to Stop
March 27, 2013
I make an exception for waffle irons and similar things that do an important, but infrequent job.The 2012 Holiday Kitchen Gift Guide
December 13, 2012
The episode involving Waffle House CEO Joe Rogers Jr., would at first blush seem to highlight a double standard.The New Rules of the Game for CEOs
November 11, 2012
It took it a long time, this little piece of waffle, to go down.The Trimming of Goosie
They looked as though they had been ironed with waffle irons.Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa
George W. Peck
Those that bake one waffle at a time are the handsomest and most manageable.Miss Leslie's New Cookery Book
This the Widow at once spread upon the hot Waffle and offered it to the King.The King of Gee-Whiz
Perry managed a waffle and a sausage, but then he went off to his room.Makers
- a crisp golden-brown pancake with deep indentations on both sides
- (as modifier)waffle iron
- (intr often foll by on) to speak or write in a vague and wordy mannerhe waffled on for hours
- vague and wordy speech or writing
Word Origin and History for waffle
1744, from Dutch wafel "waffle," from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German wafel, from Proto-Germanic *wabila- "web, honeycomb" (cf. Old High German waba "honeycomb," German Wabe), related to Old High German weban, Old English wefan "to weave" (see weave (v.)). Sense of "honeycomb" is preserved in some combinations referring to a weave of cloth. Waffle iron is from 1794.
1690s, "to yelp, bark," frequentative of waff "to yelp" (1610); possibly of imitative origin. Figurative sense of "talk foolishly" (1701) led to that of "vacillate, equivocate" (1803), originally a Scottish and northern English usage. Related: Waffled; waffling.