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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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Examples from the web for waggle
  • In fact, close observation has even enabled them to read the insect's waggle performance.
  • Honey bees do a little movement called the waggle dance to alert each other to new food sources.
  • These jiggling particles waggle the cilia, telling the corals where to head.
  • Learn why bees waggle, how insects see and other fascinating characteristics.
  • The free yaw design allowed the turbine to waggle back and forth creating large moments on the bearing.
  • The bees will dance in a circle and waggle their tails.
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.

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