waggle
I. verb (waggled; waggling) Etymology: frequentative of 1wag Date: 1588 intransitive verb to reel, sway, or move from side to side ; wag transitive verb to move frequently one way and the other ; wagwaggly adjective II. noun Date: circa 1866 1. an instance of waggling ; a jerky motion back and forth or up and down 2. a preliminary swinging of a golf club head back and forth over the ball before the swing

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  • waggle — (v.) mid 15c., frequentative of WAG (Cf. wag) (v.). Cf. Du. waggelen to waggle, O.H.G. wagon to move, shake, Ger. wackeln to totter. Related: Waggled; waggling …   Etymology dictionary

  • Waggle — Wag gle, v. i. [Freq. of wag; cf. D. waggelen, G. wackeln.] To reel, sway, or move from side to side; to move with a wagging motion; to waddle. [1913 Webster] Why do you go nodding and waggling so? L Estrange. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Waggle — Wag gle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Waggled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Waggling}.] To move frequently one way and the other; to wag; as, a bird waggles his tail. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Waggle — Wag gle, n. A waggling or wagging; specif. (Golf), the preliminary swinging of the club head back and forth over the ball in the line of the proposed stroke. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • waggle — index brandish Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • waggle — [v] shake bobble, flourish, flutter, jerk, jiggle, joggle, quiver, twitch, wag, wave, wiggle; concept 150 …   New thesaurus

  • waggle — ► VERB ▪ move with short quick movements from side to side or up and down. ► NOUN ▪ an act of waggling. DERIVATIVES waggler noun waggly adjective. ORIGIN from WAG(Cf. ↑wag) …   English terms dictionary

  • waggle — [wag′əl] vt. waggled, waggling [freq. of WAG1] to wag, esp. with short, quick movements vi. to move in a shaky or wobbly manner; totter n. the act or an instance of waggling waggly adj …   English World dictionary

  • waggle — UK [ˈwæɡ(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms waggle : present tense I/you/we/they waggle he/she/it waggles present participle waggling past tense waggled past participle waggled to move up and down or from side to side with short… …   English dictionary

  • waggle — wagglingly, adv. /wag euhl/, v., waggled, waggling, n. v.i. 1. to wobble or shake, esp. while in motion: The ball waggled slowly to a stop. The leaves of the tree waggled in the wind. v.t. 2. to move up and down or from side to side in a short,… …   Universalium

  • waggle — wag|gle [ˈwægəl] v [I and T] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: wag] to move something up and down or from side to side using short quick movements = ↑wiggle ▪ Can you waggle your ears? >waggle n [singular] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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