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waffle1

[wof-uh l] /ˌwɒf əl/
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
1735-1745
1735-45; < Dutch wafel
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British Dictionary definitions for waffle-iron

waffle1

/ˈwɒfəl/
noun
1.
  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

waffle2

/ˈwɒfəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by on. to speak or write in a vague and wordy manner: he waffled on for hours
noun
2.
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

waffle

n.

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.

v.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for waffle-iron

waffle-iron

noun

A sidewalk grating


waffle-iron

noun

A sidewalk grating


waffle 1

noun

: I was tired of all the candidates' waffle

verb

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'']


waffle 2

verb

To trample viciously; stomp: No player called out at second threatened to waffle an umpire

[1970s+; fr waffle-stompers]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for waffle-iron

waffle

crisp raised cake baked in a waffle iron, a hinged metal griddle with a honeycombed or fancifully engraved surface that allows a thin layer of batter to cook evenly and crisply. Baking powder is the typical leavening in American waffles, and yeast waffles are eaten in Belgium and France. In the United States and Canada waffles are a popular breakfast food, topped with butter and maple syrup or fruit preserves. Waffles also can serve as a base for savoury mixtures such as seafood or poultry in sauce. In Belgium waffles are a popular snack food. They are mentioned in French poems from as early as the 12th century, when they were sold as street food at fairs and religious festivals.

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