waddle

[wod-l]
verb (used without object), waddled, waddling.
1.
to walk with short steps, swaying or rocking from side to side, as a duck.
2.
to move in any similar, slow, rocking manner; wobble: The ship waddled into port.
noun
3.
an act or instance of waddling, especially a waddling gait.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see wade, -le; compare German watteln

waddler, noun
waddlingly, adverb
waddly, adjective
unwaddling, adjective
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waddle (ˈwɒdəl)
 
vb
1.  to walk with short steps, rocking slightly from side to side
 
n
2.  a swaying gait or motion
 
[C16: probably frequentative of wade]
 
'waddler
 
n
 
'waddling
 
adj
 
'waddly
 
adj

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waddle
"to walk with short steps," 1592, frequentative of wade. The noun is recorded from 1691.
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Example sentences
Granted, on land-where they seldom are-albatrosses walk with a spatula-footed, head-wagging waddle.
Their synchronized waddle could have caused the bridge to oscillate, leading even more of them to tread in tandem.
Savvy online kids may be ditching their penguin waddle for a monkey jump.
Their short legs and flat-footed gait makes them appear to waddle when they
  walk.
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