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waffle2

[wof-uh l] /ˈwɒf əl/ Informal.
verb (used without object), waffled, waffling.
1.
to speak or write equivocally:
to waffle on an important issue.
verb (used with object), waffled, waffling.
2.
to speak or write equivocally about:
to waffle a campaign promise.
noun
3.
waffling language.
Origin of waffle2
1890-1895
1890-95; orig. dial. (Scots, N England): to wave about, flutter, waver, be hesitant; probably waff + -le
Related forms
waffler, noun
wafflingly, adverb
waffly, adjective

waffle3

[wof-uh l] /ˈwɒf əl/
verb (used without object), waffled, waffling. British
1.
to talk foolishly or without purpose; idle away time talking.
Origin
1695-1705; orig. dial. (N England); apparently waff to bark, yelp (imitative) + -le
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British Dictionary definitions for waffled

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 waffled

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 waffled

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