waffler

waffle

2 [wof-uhl] 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:
1890–95; orig. dial. (Scots, N England): to wave about, flutter, waver, be hesitant; probably waff + -le

waffler, noun
wafflingly, adverb
waffly, adjective
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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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Word Origin & History

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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