[wof-uh l]


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 waffle

First recorded in 1735–45, waffle is from the Dutch word wafel
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Examples from the Web for waffle-iron

Historical Examples of waffle-iron

  • Come back, Sarah, and jerk the waffle-iron for us once more.


    Bill Nye

  • Have the waffle-iron very clean; let it be thoroughly heated on both sides.

  • One of the commonest decorations of the nation was the waffle-iron face.

  • Lester was at the stove, cooking up half a pig and pouring maple batter into the waffle-iron.


    Cory Doctorow

  • One of them was a big man with a brassy voice and a face that looked as if it had been overbaked in a waffle-iron.

    Out Like a Light

    Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for waffle-iron




  1. a crisp golden-brown pancake with deep indentations on both sides
  2. (as modifier)waffle iron

Word Origin for waffle

C19: from Dutch wafel (earlier wæfel), of Germanic origin; related to Old High German wabo honeycomb




(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
Derived Formswaffler, nounwaffling, adjective, nounwaffly, adjective

Word Origin for waffle

C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for waffle-iron



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.

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