waggle

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Etymology[edit]

wag +‎ -le ((frequentative)). Compare continental equivalents Middle High German wacken ( > Danish vakle, German wackeln), Swedish vagla, West Frisian waggelje, Low German wackeln, Dutch waggelen.

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Verb[edit]

waggle (third-person singular simple present waggles, present participle waggling, simple past and past participle waggled)

  1. (transitive) To move (something) with short, quick motions; to wobble.
    • 1908: Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
      The Mole waggled his toes from sheer happiness, spread his chest with a sigh of full contentment, and leaned back blissfully into the soft cushions.
  2. (intransitive) To reel, sway, or move from side to side; to move with a wagging motion; to waddle.
    • L'Estrange
      Why do you go nodding and waggling so?

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Noun[edit]

waggle (plural waggles)

  1. a wobbling motion