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wag

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verb \ˈwag\

Simple Definition of wag

  • : to move something from side to side repeatedly

Full Definition of wag

waggedwag·ging

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to be in motion :  stir

  3. 2 :  to move to and fro or up and down especially with quick jerky motions

  4. 3 :  to move in chatter or gossip <scandal caused tongues to wag>

  5. 4 archaic :  depart

  6. 5 :  waddle

  7. transitive verb
  8. 1 :  to swing to and fro or up and down especially with quick jerky motions :  switch <a dog wagging its tail>; specifically :  to nod (the head) or shake (a finger) at (as in assent or mild reproof)

  9. 2 :  to move (as the tongue) animatedly in conversation

wag·ger noun

Examples of wag

  1. The dog wagged its tail.

  2. She wagged her finger at the children as she scolded them.

  3. He wagged his head back and forth.

  4. The dog's tail began to wag excitedly.



Origin of wag

Middle English waggen; akin to Middle High German wacken to totter, Old English wegan to move — more at way


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with wag


2

wag

noun

Definition of wag

  1. :  an act of wagging :  shake



1589

First Known Use of wag

1589


3

wag

noun

Definition of wag

  1. 1 :  wit, joker

  2. 2 obsolete :  a young man :  chap



Origin of wag

probably short for obsolete English waghalter gallows bird, from English 1wag + halter


First Known Use: circa 1553



WAG Defined for Kids

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wag

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verb \ˈwag\

Definition of wag

waggedwag·ging

  1. :  to swing to and fro or from side to side <“No, no. …” The old man wagged his finger. — Susan Cooper, The Dark is Rising>




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wag

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noun

Definition of wag

  1. :  a movement back and forth or from side to side




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wag

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noun

Definition of wag

  1. :  a person full of jokes and humor





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