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wigwag

[wig-wag] /ˈwɪgˌwæg/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), wigwagged, wigwagging.
1.
to move to and fro.
2.
Nautical. to signal by movements of two flags or the like waved according to a code.
noun
3.
Nautical. the act or process of sending messages by the movements of two flags or the like waved according to a code.
4.
a message so signaled.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; wig to wag (now dial.) + wag; gradational compound, parallel to zigzag, etc.
Related forms
wigwagger, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for wigwagged

wigwag

/ˈwɪɡˌwæɡ/
verb -wags, -wagging, -wagged
1.
to move (something) back and forth
2.
to communicate with (someone) by means of a flag semaphore
noun
3.
  1. a system of communication by flag semaphore
  2. the message signalled
Derived Forms
wigwagger, noun
Word Origin
C16: from obsolete wig, probably short for wiggle + wag1
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