1 [wof-uhl]
a batter cake with a pattern of deep indentations on each side, formed by the gridlike design on each of the two hinged parts of the metal appliance (waffle iron) in which the cake is baked.
Also, waffled. having a gridlike or indented lattice shape or design: a waffle pattern.

1735–45; < Dutch wafel

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2 [wof-uhl] Informal.
verb (used without object), waffled, waffling.
to speak or write equivocally: to waffle on an important issue.
verb (used with object), waffled, waffling.
to speak or write equivocally about: to waffle a campaign promise.
waffling language.

1890–95; orig. dial. (Scots, N England): to wave about, flutter, waver, be hesitant; probably waff + -le

waffler, noun
wafflingly, adverb
waffly, adjective


3 [wof-uhl]
verb (used without object), waffled, waffling. British.
to talk foolishly or without purpose; idle away time talking.

1695–1705; orig. dial. (N England); apparently waff to bark, yelp (imitative) + -le

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waffle1 (ˈwɒfəl)
a.  a crisp golden-brown pancake with deep indentations on both sides
 b.  (as modifier): waffle iron
[C19: from Dutch wafel (earlier wæfel), of Germanic origin; related to Old High German wabo honeycomb]

waffle2 (ˈwɒfəl)
vb (often foll by on)
1.  to speak or write in a vague and wordy manner: he waffled on for hours
2.  vague and wordy speech or writing
[C19: of unknown origin]
adj, —n

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Word Origin & History

1744, from Du. wafel "waffle," from M.Du. or M.L.G. wafel; cognate with O.H.G. waba "honeycomb" (Ger. Wabe) and related to O.H.G. weban, O.E. wefan "to weave" (see weave). Sense of "honeycomb" is preserved in some combinations referring to a weave of cloth. Waffle iron is from 1794.

1698, "to yelp, bark," frequentative of waff "to yelp" (1610); possibly of imitative origin. Figurative sense of "talk foolishly" (1701) led to that of "vacillate, equivocate" (1803), originally a Scottish and northern Eng. usage.
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crisp raised cake baked in a waffle iron, a hinged metal griddle with a honeycombed or fancifully engraved surface that allows a thin layer of batter to cook evenly and crisply. Baking powder is the typical leavening in American waffles, and yeast waffles are eaten in Belgium and France. In the United States and Canada waffles are a popular breakfast food, topped with butter and maple syrup or fruit preserves. Waffles also can serve as a base for savoury mixtures such as seafood or poultry in sauce. In Belgium waffles are a popular snack food. They are mentioned in French poems from as early as the 12th century, when they were sold as street food at fairs and religious festivals.

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Example sentences
Upscale camping, where roughing it includes a morning waffle bar.
She continues to waffle on honesty, and is capitalizing on dishonesty.
Weary waiters wash and stack plastic chairs outside waffle shops.
Midway through the year he scribbled indecipherably and seemed to waffle about
  which hand to use when writing.
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