verb (used with object), wagged, wag·ging.
verb (used without object), wagged, wag·ging.
Origin of wag
Related Words for waggingquiver, swing, nod, sway, shake, vibrate, wave, beat, switch, shimmy, rock, lash, waggle, bob, twitch, stir, flutter, oscillate, fish-tail
Examples from the Web for wagging
Contemporary Examples of 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
June 8, 2014
Catton never shows, she tells, wagging on in the most officious way.Hatchet Job of the Year 2014 Shortlist Announced
January 19, 2014
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
“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
December 15, 2013
What the tongues are wagging about at the end of Miami Art Basel.You Should Have Been There: Dispatches From Miami Art Basel
December 8, 2013
Historical Examples of wagging
Possibly they recognized the Coyote of the house-yard as she stood there wagging her tail.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
The idea of Turkey wagging his head in a pulpit made me laugh.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
They were both gone, she replied, wagging her ancient head, for good.Barnaby Rudge
He was perking up his big ears and wagging his stump of a tail in front of him.The Manxman
How I came to keep my tongue from wagging out the truth I scarcely know.The Shame of Motley
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.