verb (used with object), wagged, wag·ging.
verb (used without object), wagged, wag·ging.
- wage determination,
- wage differential,
- wage earner,
- wage incentive
Origin of wag
Examples from the Web for wag
One wag joked that Liberty was the only university where football players and nerds got the same amount of sex.Alleged U.Va. Abductor Accused of Rape at Christian College|Michael Daly|September 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The first cover-up of the de Blasio administration,” one wag joked.
One wag tweeted: “I saved millions of lives … by getting people to not vote for your father.”
Rather, this tiny tail of the car industry is starting to wag the dog.Tesla’s Rise Forces Other Automakers to Up Their Electric Car Game|Daniel Gross|September 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And ultimately, Kumar said, “efforts at message discipline tend not to work” and tongues, at long last, begin to wag.At the Obama White House: Transparency Transhmarency|Lloyd Grove|August 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The crowd laughed heartily; and some wag observed that I should perhaps think him too old.Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official|William Sleeman
Under such circumstances the throats of a tenantry will still swallow, but their beards will not wag.Doctor Thorne|Anthony Trollope
"And well he may be," put in Messer Doria, who was reputed a wag.The Well of Saint Clare|Anatole France
Sometimes she thought him almost a fool; at others, quite a wag.The Vicar of Wrexhill|Mrs [Frances] Trollope
He still suspected the tail of a sinister intention to wag the Dragon.The King of Schnorrers|Israel Zangwill
verb wags, wagging or wagged
Word Origin for wag
Word Origin for wag
Word Origin for Wag
early 13c., "waver, vacillate, lack steadfastness," probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse vagga "a cradle," Danish vugge "rock a cradle," Old Swedish wagga "fluctuate"), and in part from Old English wagian "move backwards and forwards;" all from Proto-Germanic *wagojanan (cf. Old High German weggen, Gothic wagjan "to wag"), probably from PIE root *wegh- "to move about" (see weigh). Meaning "to move back and forth or up and down" is from c.1300. Wagtail is attested from c.1500 as a kind of small bird (late 12c. as a surname); 18c. as "a harlot," but seems to be implied much earlier:
If therefore thou make not thy mistress a goldfinch, thou mayst chance to find her a wagtaile. [Lyly, "Midas," 1592]
Wag-at-the-wall (1825) was an old name for a hanging clock with pendulum and weights exposed.
"person fond of making jokes," 1550s, perhaps a shortening of waghalter "gallows bird," person destined to swing in a noose or halter, applied humorously to mischievous children, from wag (v.) + halter. Or possibly directly from wag (v.).
see tail wagging the dog; tongues wag.