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waddle

[wod-l] /ˈwɒd 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
1350-1400; Middle English; see wade, -le; compare German watteln
Related forms
waddler, noun
waddlingly, adverb
waddly, adjective
unwaddling, adjective
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waddle

/ˈwɒdəl/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to walk with short steps, rocking slightly from side to side
noun
2.
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 waddles
waddle
"to walk with short steps," 1592, frequentative of wade. The noun is recorded from 1691.
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