waffle
I. noun Etymology: Dutch wafel, from Middle Dutch wafele; akin to Old High German waba honeycomb, Old English wefan to weave Date: 1744 a crisp cake of batter baked in a waffle iron II. intransitive verb (waffled; waffling) Etymology: frequentative of obsolete woff to yelp, of imitative origin Date: 1868 1. equivocate, vacillate <
waffled on the important issues
>
; also yo-yo, flip-flop 2. to talk or write foolishly ; blather <
can waffle…tiresomely off the point — Times Literary Supplement
>
waffler noun III. noun Date: circa 1888 empty or pretentious words ; tripe

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  • waffle — waffle1 /wof euhl/, n. 1. a batter cake with a pattern of deep indentations on each side, formed by the gridlike design on each of the two hinged parts of the metal appliance (waffle iron) in which the cake is baked. adj. 2. Also, waffled. having …   Universalium

  • Waffle — To waffle means to talk on and on about nothing. It is not something you eat. Americans often think that Brits waffle on about the weather. The truth of course is that our news reports last 60 120 seconds and the weather man is not hyped up to be …   The American's guide to speaking British

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