waffle

2
[ wof-uh l ]
/ ˈwɒf əl /
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 forms

waf·fler, nounwaf·fling·ly, adverbwaf·fly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for waffler (1 of 2)

waffle

1
/ (ˈwɒfəl) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for waffler (2 of 2)

waffle

2
/ (ˈwɒfəl) informal, mainly British /

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 Forms

waffler, nounwaffling, adjective, nounwaffly, adjective

Word Origin for waffle

C19: of unknown origin
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