[ wig-wag ]
/ ˈwɪgˌwæg /

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.


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.

Nearby words

  1. wigman, mary,
  2. wigner,
  3. wigner, eugene paul,
  4. wigtown,
  5. wigtownshire,
  6. wigwam,
  7. wiki,
  8. wiki weapon,
  9. wikileaked,
  10. wikitorial

Origin of wigwag

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

Related formswig·wag·ger, noun

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/ (ˈwɪɡˌwæɡ) /

verb -wags, -wagging or -wagged

to move (something) back and forth
to communicate with (someone) by means of a flag semaphore


  1. a system of communication by flag semaphore
  2. the message signalled
Derived Formswigwagger, noun

Word Origin for wigwag

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

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