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
They found that chimps took in about the same amount of oxygen whether they were galloping on all fours or waddling upright.
Green sea turtles rest on the shore and penguins are waddling off for a swim.
Employees disguised as ducks waddling down the aisle.
Marmots can be waddling fat in the fall, and their long fur makes them look even fatter.
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