Wagging
Wag Wag, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wagged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wagging}.] [OE. waggen; probably of Scand. origin; cf. Sw. vagga to rock a cradle, vagga cradle, Icel. vagga, Dan. vugge; akin to AS. wagian to move, wag, wegan to bear, carry, G. & D. bewegen to move, and E. weigh. [root]136. See {Weigh}.] To move one way and the other with quick turns; to shake to and fro; to move vibratingly; to cause to vibrate, as a part of the body; as, to wag the head. [1913 Webster]

No discerner durst wag his tongue in censure. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head. --Jer. xviii. 16. [1913 Webster]

Note: Wag expresses specifically the motion of the head and body used in buffoonery, mirth, derision, sport, and mockery. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • tongues are wagging — tongues (are) wagging ◇ If something sets/gets tongues wagging or if tongues are wagging, people are talking a lot about something. The news of their engagement set tongues wagging. = Tongues were wagging over their engagement. • • • Main Entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tongues wagging — tongues (are) wagging ◇ If something sets/gets tongues wagging or if tongues are wagging, people are talking a lot about something. The news of their engagement set tongues wagging. = Tongues were wagging over their engagement. • • • Main Entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • the tail wagging the dog — (informal) A situation in which the less important element or factor controls or influences the more important • • • Main Entry: ↑tail * * * the tail wagging the dog see ↑tail, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑dog the tail wagging the dog informal used to …   Useful english dictionary

  • set tongues wagging — set/start tongues wagging informal if something that someone says or does sets tongues wagging, it causes people to talk about them. His late night visit to her home has set tongues wagging …   New idioms dictionary

  • start tongues wagging — set/start tongues wagging informal if something that someone says or does sets tongues wagging, it causes people to talk about them. His late night visit to her home has set tongues wagging …   New idioms dictionary

  • chin-wagging — chin wag chin wag, chin wagging chin wagging . a light informal conversation for social occasions. Syn: chitchat, small talk, gab, gabfest, gossip, tittle tattle, chin wag, causerie. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tongues are wagging —    When tongues are wagging, people are beginning to spread gossip or rumours, often about someone s private life.     The photograph of the couple that appeared in a magazine really set tongues wagging …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • (the) tail wagging the dog — if you describe a situation as the tail wagging the dog, you mean that the least important part of a situation has too much influence over the most important part. Steve thinks we should buy an orange carpet to match the lampshade but I think… …   New idioms dictionary

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