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 wagging
“It is not fair to the horses that have been running their guts out,” Coburn said, wagging a finger.Why California Chrome’s Fairy Tale Didn’t End Happily Ever After|Michael Fensom|June 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Catton never shows, she tells, wagging on in the most officious way.
Tongues were wagging when Miley Cyrus released the R-rated video for her song “Wrecking Ball.”Rob Ford, Kid President, What the Fox Say?, and More Viral Videos|The Daily Beast Video|December 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“Matters of state are not decided on the street,” he declares, wagging a finger demonstratively.Slouching Towards Maidan: An American Hair-Trader Reflects On Ukraine’s Protests|Vijai Maheshwari|December 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
What the tongues are wagging about at the end of Miami Art Basel.You Should Have Been There: Dispatches From Miami Art Basel|Anthony Haden-Guest|December 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"Your post will be long in going," he said, wagging his head.In the Van; or, The Builders|John Price-Brown
They had pretended to divide him down the middle, so each one might have part of the wagging tail, and part of the barking head.Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Camp Rest-A-While|Laura Lee Hope
Under the wagon Stanley, the setter, walked slowly, wagging his tail in placid contentment and ruminating upon his experiences.The Third Violet|Stephen Crane
To those whiche aske where aboutes the stable standes, he pointes vnto it with the wagging of his hand.One dialogue, or Colloquye of Erasmus (entituled Diuersoria)|Desiderius Erasmus
This bird has a nervous behavior similar to that of other fantails and is constantly "wagging its long tail."The Avifauna of Micronesia, Volume 3|Rollin H. Baker
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.