waffle-iron

waffle

1 [wof-uhl]
noun
1.
a batter cake with a pattern of deep indentations on each side, formed by the gridlike design on each of the two hinged parts of the metal appliance (waffle iron) in which the cake is baked.
adjective
2.
Also, waffled. having a gridlike or indented lattice shape or design: a waffle pattern.

Origin:
1735–45; < Dutch wafel

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waffle1 (ˈwɒfəl)
 
n
a.  a crisp golden-brown pancake with deep indentations on both sides
 b.  (as modifier): waffle iron
 
[C19: from Dutch wafel (earlier wæfel), of Germanic origin; related to Old High German wabo honeycomb]

waffle2 (ˈwɒfəl)
 
vb (often foll by on)
1.  to speak or write in a vague and wordy manner: he waffled on for hours
 
n
2.  vague and wordy speech or writing
 
[C19: of unknown origin]
 
'waffler2
 
n
 
'waffling2
 
adj, —n
 
'waffly2
 
adj

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waffle
1744, from Du. wafel "waffle," from M.Du. or M.L.G. wafel; cognate with O.H.G. waba "honeycomb" (Ger. Wabe) and related to O.H.G. weban, O.E. wefan "to weave" (see weave). Sense of "honeycomb" is preserved in some combinations referring to a weave of cloth. Waffle iron is from 1794.

waffle
1698, "to yelp, bark," frequentative of waff "to yelp" (1610); possibly of imitative origin. Figurative sense of "talk foolishly" (1701) led to that of "vacillate, equivocate" (1803), originally a Scottish and northern Eng. usage.
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