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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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Examples from the web for waddling
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for waddling

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 waddling

waddle

v.

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

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