verb (used with object), wagged, wag·ging.
verb (used without object), wagged, wag·ging.
Origin of wag
Related Words for waggedquiver, swing, nod, sway, shake, vibrate, wave, beat, switch, shimmy, rock, lash, waggle, bob, twitch, stir, flutter, oscillate, fish-tail
Examples from the Web for wagged
Contemporary Examples of wagged
But after consulting with his boss, the second guard also wagged his head.Pope Francis, ‘the Maker of Traffic Jams’
July 26, 2013
If only salespeople were fuzzy and wagged their tails more, they'd probably find it easier to cooperate with the inevitable.The Economics of Puppy Management
February 22, 2013
Historical Examples of wagged
Old Bob wagged his head in slow negation; young William lifted his.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Then she wagged the stump of her tail, and they considered themselves acquainted.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
And I'd have broke the head of the first man that'd wagged a tongue.The Manxman
"To ward off possible traitors," she told him, and Marius smiled and wagged his head.St. Martin's Summer
Beth wagged her head like a solemn child and then laid her other hand on his.The Vagrant Duke
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.
see tail wagging the dog; tongues wag.