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[wag-uh l] /ˈwæg əl/
verb (used without object), waggled, waggling.
to wobble or shake, especially while in motion:
The ball waggled slowly to a stop. The leaves of the tree waggled in the wind.
verb (used with object), waggled, waggling.
to move up and down or from side to side in a short, rapid manner; wag:
to waggle one's head.
Golf. to make a waggle with (a golf club).
a waggling motion.
Golf. a swinging movement made with a golf club to and fro over the ball prior to a stroke.
Origin of waggle
1585-95; wag + -le
Related forms
wagglingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • The club is made to describe curves in the air which it could not possibly do in any other operation at golf than the waggle.

    The Soul of Golf Percy Adolphus Vaile
  • I saw Wiggle just now in the dressing-room, talking to waggle, his inseparable.

    The Book of Snobs William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Youll have to waggle your hand good to make her look, like enough, added Carolyn Mays mentor.

    Carolyn of the Corners Ruth Belmore Endicott
  • For instance, that night, all he did was to waggle his finger at me.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • The curious thing about this waggle is that it seems to be confined to games wherein one plays a stationary ball.

    The Soul of Golf Percy Adolphus Vaile
  • At this rare praise he would straighten his shoulders and waggle his head.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • We pull a long face, waggle a grave head, and chuckle within our waistcoats.

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • And yet, however much it may waggle, a stone does fall to earth if you drop it.

  • Oh, I know; you advised me to stand on my head and waggle my legs in the air—something like that.

    First Plays A. A. Milne
British Dictionary definitions for waggle


to move or cause to move with a rapid shaking or wobbling motion
a rapid shaking or wobbling motion
Derived Forms
wagglingly, adverb
waggly, adjective
Word Origin
C16: frequentative of wag1
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Word Origin and History for waggle

mid-15c., frequentative of wag (v.). Cf. Dutch waggelen "to waggle," Old High German wagon "to move, shake," German wackeln "to totter." Related: Waggled; waggling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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