From Middle English wagelen (attested in wagelyng), possibly a borrowing of Middle Low German wagelen; equivalent to wag + -le (“(frequentative)”). Compare continental equivalents Middle High German wacken ( > Danish vakle, German wackeln), Swedish vagla, West Frisian waggelje, Low German wackeln, Dutch waggelen.
- (transitive) To move (something) with short, quick motions; to wobble.
- (intransitive) To reel, sway, or move from side to side; to move with a wagging motion; to waddle.
- 1692, Roger L’Estrange, “ (please specify the fable number.) (please specify the name of the fable.)”, in Fables, of Æsop and Other Eminent Mythologists: […], London: […] R[ichard] Sare, […], →OCLC:
- Why do you go Nodding and Waggling so like a Fool, as if you were Hipshot? says the Goose to her Gosselin.
waggle (plural waggles)
- A wobbling motion.
- Give the cable a waggle to let it come out quicker.
- (golf) The preliminary swinging of the club head back and forth over the ball in the line of the proposed stroke.