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.

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for waffly

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

waffle

2

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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Word Origin and History for waffly
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