[wag-uh l]

verb (used without object), wag·gled, wag·gling.

to wobble or shake, especially while in motion: The ball waggled slowly to a stop. The leaves of the tree waggled in the wind.

verb (used with object), wag·gled, wag·gling.

to move up and down or from side to side in a short, rapid manner; wag: to waggle one's head.
Golf. to make a waggle with (a golf club).


a waggling motion.
Golf. a swinging movement made with a golf club to and fro over the ball prior to a stroke.

Origin of waggle

First recorded in 1585–95; wag + -le
Related formswag·gling·ly, adverb
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Related Words for waggle

quiver, jerk, wag, jiggle, wave, wiggle, twitch, flourish, flutter, bobble, joggle

Examples from the Web for waggle

Contemporary Examples of waggle

Historical Examples of waggle

  • For instance, that night, all he did was to waggle his finger at me.


    Joseph Conrad

  • At this rare praise he would straighten his shoulders and waggle his head.


    Edna Ferber

  • And yet, however much it may waggle, a stone does fall to earth if you drop it.

  • I saw Wiggle just now in the dressing-room, talking to Waggle, his inseparable.

    The Book of Snobs

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • Bacchus is the divinity to whom Waggle devotes his especial worship.

    The Book of Snobs

    William Makepeace Thackeray

British Dictionary definitions for waggle



to move or cause to move with a rapid shaking or wobbling motion


a rapid shaking or wobbling motion
Derived Formswagglingly, adverbwaggly, adjective

Word Origin for waggle

C16: frequentative of wag 1
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Word Origin and History for waggle

mid-15c., frequentative of wag (v.). Cf. Dutch waggelen "to waggle," Old High German wagon "to move, shake," German wackeln "to totter." Related: Waggled; waggling.

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