waffle

1
[wof-uh l]

noun

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.

adjective

Also waf·fled. having a gridlike or indented lattice shape or design: a waffle pattern.

Nearby words

  1. wafer,
  2. wafer-thin,
  3. waferboard,
  4. waff,
  5. waffen ss,
  6. waffle cloth,
  7. waffle slab,
  8. waffle weave,
  9. wafflestompers,
  10. wafs

Origin of waffle

1
First recorded in 1735–45, waffle is from the Dutch word wafel

waffle

2
[wof-uh l]Informal.

verb (used without object), waf·fled, waf·fling.

to speak or write equivocally: to waffle on an important issue.

verb (used with object), waf·fled, waf·fling.

to speak or write equivocally about: to waffle a campaign promise.

noun

waffling language.

Origin of waffle

2
1890–95; orig. dial. (Scots, N England): to wave about, flutter, waver, be hesitant; probably waff + -le

Related formswaf·fler, nounwaf·fling·ly, adverbwaf·fly, adjective

waffle

3
[wof-uh l]

verb (used without object), waf·fled, waf·fling. British.

to talk foolishly or without purpose; idle away time talking.

Origin of waffle

3
1695–1705; orig. dial. (N England); apparently waff to bark, yelp (imitative) + -le

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British Dictionary definitions for waffle

waffle

1

noun

  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

verb

(intr often foll by on) to speak or write in a vague and wordy mannerhe waffled on for hours

noun

vague and wordy speech or writing
Derived Formswaffler, nounwaffling, adjective, nounwaffly, adjective

Word Origin for waffle

C19: of unknown origin

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