[ wag-uh l ]
/ ˈwæg əl /

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.

Nearby words

  1. wagga,
  2. wagga wagga,
  3. waggery,
  4. waggish,
  5. waggishly,
  6. waggle dance,
  7. waggler,
  8. waggly,
  9. waggon,
  10. wagner

Origin of waggle

First recorded in 1585–95; wag + -le

Related formswag·gling·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for waggle


/ (ˈwæɡəl) /


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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