|—vb , wags, wagging, wagged|
|1.||to move or cause to move rapidly and repeatedly from side to side or up and down|
|2.||to move (the tongue) or (of the tongue) to be moved rapidly in talking, esp in idle gossip|
|3.||to move (the finger) or (of the finger) to be moved from side to side, in or as in admonition|
|4.||slang to play truant (esp in the phrase wag it)|
|5.||the act or an instance of wagging|
|[C13: from Old English wagian to shake; compare Old Norse vagga cradle]|
|(West Africa) Gambia (international car registration)|
"If therefore thou make not thy mistress a goldfinch, thou mayst chance to find her a wagtaile." [Lyly, "Midas," 1592]Wag-at-the-wall (1825) was an old name for a hanging clock with pendulum and weights exposed.
Gambia (international vehicle ID)
see tail wagging the dog; tongues wag.