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1wag

verb \ˈwag\

: to move something from side to side repeatedly

waggedwag·ging

Full Definition of WAG

intransitive verb
1
:  to be in motion :  stir
2
:  to move to and fro or up and down especially with quick jerky motions
3
:  to move in chatter or gossip <scandal caused tongues to wag>
4
archaic :  depart
5
:  waddle
transitive verb
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)
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

2wag

noun

Definition of WAG

:  an act of wagging :  shake

First Known Use of WAG

1589

3wag

noun

Definition of WAG

1
:  wit, joker
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
WAGS Defined for Kids

1wag

verb \ˈwag\
waggedwag·ging

Definition of WAG for Kids

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

2wag

noun

Definition of WAG for Kids

:  a movement back and forth or from side to side

3wag

noun

Definition of WAG for Kids

:  a person full of jokes and humor

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