2 [wof-uhl] Informal.
verb (used without object), waffled, waffling.
to speak or write equivocally: to waffle on an important issue.
verb (used with object), waffled, waffling.
to speak or write equivocally about: to waffle a campaign promise.
waffling language.

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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3 [wof-uhl]
verb (used without object), waffled, waffling. British.
to talk foolishly or without purpose; idle away time talking.

1695–1705; orig. dial. (N England); apparently waff to bark, yelp (imitative) + -le

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waffle1 (ˈwɒfəl)
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
2.  vague and wordy speech or writing
[C19: of unknown origin]
adj, —n

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Word Origin & History

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.

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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Example sentences
He's been kind of waffling, realizing that this could help him a lot so he
  didn't really come out against it this time.
No more sets made out of cereal boxes and aluminum foil, no more waffling
  monologues and congealed fancies.
His waffling around in his depositions speaks for itself.
Buck, however, is waffling on the personhood amendment.
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