- to move to and fro.
- Nautical. to signal by movements of two flags or the like waved according to a code.
- Nautical. the act or process of sending messages by the movements of two flags or the like waved according to a code.
- a message so signaled.
Origin of wigwag
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Examples from the Web for wigwag
The pole which had been used to convey the wigwag signals was now out of sight.Boy Scouts in the Philippines
G. Harvey Ralphson
If it be a Graycoat, it will answer with the same, the wigwag: "I'm a Squirrel, too."Bannertail
Ernest Thompson Seton
Unlike the "wigwag" system, the whole letter is shown at once.
After parleying for a while, one of the landing party was seen to wigwag.
The signal outfit consists of the International Code, Navy numerals and wigwag flags.Jersey City and its Historic Sites
Harriet Phillips Eaton
- to move (something) back and forth
- to communicate with (someone) by means of a flag semaphore
- a system of communication by flag semaphore
- the message signalled
C16: from obsolete wig, probably short for wiggle + wag 1
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