verb (used with object), wagged, wag·ging.

verb (used without object), wagged, wag·ging.


the act of wagging: a friendly wag of the tail.
a person given to droll, roguish, or mischievous humor; wit.

Nearby words

  1. wafs,
  2. waft,
  3. waftage,
  4. wafter,
  5. wafture,
  6. wage,
  7. wage determination,
  8. wage differential,
  9. wage earner,
  10. wage incentive

Origin of wag

1175–1225; Middle English waggen < Old Norse vaga to sway, or vagga cradle

Related formswag·ger, nounun·wagged, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for wagging



verb wags, wagging or wagged

to move or cause to move rapidly and repeatedly from side to side or up and down
to move (the tongue) or (of the tongue) to be moved rapidly in talking, esp in idle gossip
to move (the finger) or (of the finger) to be moved from side to side, in or as in admonition
slang to play truant (esp in the phrase wag it)


the act or an instance of wagging

Word Origin for wag

C13: from Old English wagian to shake; compare Old Norse vagga cradle




a humorous or jocular person; wit
Derived Formswaggery, nounwaggish, adjectivewaggishly, adverbwaggishness, noun

Word Origin for wag

C16: of uncertain origin



informal the wife or girlfriend of a famous sportsman

Word Origin for Wag

C21: a back formation from an acronym for w (ives) a (nd) g (irlfriends)


abbreviation for

(West Africa) Gambia (international car registration)
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Word Origin and History for wagging
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Idioms and Phrases with wagging


see tail wagging the dog; tongues wag.

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