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[wof-uh l] /ˌwɒf əl/
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.
Also, waffled. having a gridlike or indented lattice shape or design:
a waffle pattern.
Origin of waffle1
1735-45; < Dutch wafel Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for waffle-iron
Historical Examples
  • When light add two well-beaten eggs, heat your waffle-iron, grease it well and fill it with the batter.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) Mrs. F.L. Gillette
  • Come back, Sarah, and jerk the waffle-iron for us once more.

    Remarks Bill Nye
  • One of them was a big man with a brassy voice and a face that looked as if it had been overbaked in a waffle-iron.

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Have the waffle-iron very clean; let it be thoroughly heated on both sides.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • One of the commonest decorations of the nation was the waffle-iron face.

  • Lester was at the stove, cooking up half a pig and pouring maple batter into the waffle-iron.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for waffle-iron


  1. a crisp golden-brown pancake with deep indentations on both sides
  2. (as modifier): waffle iron
Word Origin
C19: from Dutch wafel (earlier wæfel), of Germanic origin; related to Old High German wabo honeycomb


(intransitive) often foll by on. to speak or write in a vague and wordy manner: he waffled on for hours
vague and wordy speech or writing
Derived Forms
waffler, noun
waffling, adjective, noun
waffly, adjective
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for waffle-iron



1744, from Dutch wafel "waffle," from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German wafel, from Proto-Germanic *wabila- "web, honeycomb" (cf. Old High German waba "honeycomb," German Wabe), related to Old High German weban, Old English wefan "to weave" (see weave (v.)). Sense of "honeycomb" is preserved in some combinations referring to a weave of cloth. Waffle iron is from 1794.


1690s, "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 English usage. Related: Waffled; waffling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for waffle-iron

waffle 1


: I was tired of all the candidates' waffle


Tospeak or behave evasively; tergiversate; equivocate: When asked for specifics, I demur, I waffle/ unlike the windy, waffling, anonymous editorial writers (1803+)

[fr northern British dialect, ''waver, fluctuate,'' perhaps related to another dialect sense, ''yelp, yap'']

until the last dog dies

adverb phrase

Until the bitter end: In Dover, New Hampshire, Clinton promised voters that if they gave him a second chance, he would be with them until the last dog dies/ But no he swore a blood oath that he was one of us, and would stay until the last dog died (1990s+)



A cowboy (late 1800s+)


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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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