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[wod-l] /ˈwɒd l/
verb (used without object), waddled, waddling.
to walk with short steps, swaying or rocking from side to side, as a duck.
to move in any similar, slow, rocking manner; wobble:
The ship waddled into port.
an act or instance of waddling, especially a waddling gait.
Origin of waddle
1350-1400; Middle English; see wade, -le; compare German watteln
Related forms
waddler, noun
waddlingly, adverb
waddly, adjective
unwaddling, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for waddle
  • Granted, on land-where they seldom are-albatrosses walk with a spatula-footed, head-wagging waddle.
  • Their short legs and flat-footed gait makes them appear to waddle when they walk.
  • His dancers waddle, with torsos torqued and arms spread, and then extend a pointed leg and pause.
  • Their synchronized waddle could have caused the bridge to oscillate, leading even more of them to tread in tandem.
  • Tell your insignificant other to waddle on over to the newsstand and buy something glossy.
  • Up to a dozen local birds are kept here temporarily before being allowed to waddle back to the wild.
  • On land, gentoos are slowpokes, sticking out their tails and sweeping them back and forth when they waddle.
  • On land, they waddle and toboggan across the ice-sliding on their bellies, and propelling themselves with their flippers.
  • Don't forget to also waddle, run, and swim using feathers as some birds do.
  • Savvy online kids may be ditching their penguin waddle for a monkey jump.
British Dictionary definitions for waddle


verb (intransitive)
to walk with short steps, rocking slightly from side to side
a swaying gait or motion
Derived Forms
waddler, noun
waddling, adjective
waddly, adjective
Word Origin
C16: probably frequentative of wade
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Word Origin and History for waddle

"to walk with short steps," 1590s, frequentative of wade. Related: Waddled; waddling. The noun is recorded from 1690s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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