Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search



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



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?

Derived terms[edit]



waggle ‎(plural waggles)

  1. A wobbling motion.
  2. (golf) The preliminary swinging of the club head back and forth over the ball in the line of the proposed stroke.