wigwagged

wigwag

[wig-wag]
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:
1575–85; wig to wag (now dial.) + wag; gradational compound, parallel to zigzag, etc.

wigwagger, noun
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wigwag (ˈwɪɡˌwæɡ)
 
vb , -wags, -wagging, -wagged
1.  to move (something) back and forth
2.  to communicate with (someone) by means of a flag semaphore
 
n
3.  a.  a system of communication by flag semaphore
 b.  the message signalled
 
[C16: from obsolete wig, probably short for wiggle + wag1]
 
'wigwagger
 
n

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