Waddles

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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