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 wagged
But after consulting with his boss, the second guard also wagged his head.
If only salespeople were fuzzy and wagged their tails more, they'd probably find it easier to cooperate with the inevitable.
He had smelt the parson before, and wagged his tail faintly as he saw him.A Flat Iron for a Farthing|Juliana Horatia Ewing
Heads have been wagged, and I have been adjudged a deep card and a dangerous character.Romantic Spain|John Augustus O'Shea
Outside the door of Luke's cell we found Bob, the bulldog, who wagged his tail sadly when he saw us.The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle|Hugh Lofting
Seeing this the donkey stood still also, wagged its one ear, and went to sleep.Joel: A Boy of Galilee|Annie Fellows Johnston
Solomon wagged his joy at seeing his mistress, and Blue Bonnet was no less enthusiastic in her greeting.Blue Bonnet in Boston|Caroline E. Jacobs
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.