9 Grammatical Pitfalls
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.
: I was tired of all the candidates' waffleverb
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 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+)