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wigwag

[ wig-wag ]
/ ˈwɪgˌwæg /
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verb (used with or without object), wig·wagged, wig·wag·ging.
to move to and fro.
Nautical. to signal by movements of two flags or the like waved according to a code.
noun
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.
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Origin of wigwag

1575–85; wig to wag (now dial.) + wag; gradational compound, parallel to zigzag, etc.

OTHER WORDS FROM wigwag

wigwagger, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for wigwag

wigwag
/ (ˈwɪɡˌwæɡ) /

verb -wags, -wagging or -wagged
to move (something) back and forth
to communicate with (someone) by means of a flag semaphore
noun
  1. a system of communication by flag semaphore
  2. the message signalled

Derived forms of wigwag

wigwagger, noun

Word Origin for wigwag

C16: from obsolete wig, probably short for wiggle + wag 1
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