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wag

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of wag

  1. a quick jerky movement from side to side or up and down <the dog gave its tail a single wag before it flopped back down> Synonyms swish, switch, waggle, whisk Related Words oscillation, rock, sway, swing, waver; flap, flutter, wave, whip; flick, jerk, jolt, snap, twitch; jiggle, shake, wiggle; bob, nod




wag

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of wag

  1. a person (as a writer) noted for or specializing in humor <some wag wrote a droll satire on the scandal for the newspaper> Synonyms card, comedian, comic, droll, farceur, funnyman, gagger, gagman, gagster, jester, joker, jokester, wag, witRelated Words comedienne, entertainer; banterer, cutup, kidder, knockabout, practical joker, prankster, quipper, quipster, teaser, wisecracker; buffoon, clown, fool, harlequin, zany; caricaturist, lampooner, parodist, satirist




wag

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of wag

  1. 1 to move from side to side or up and down with quick jerky motions <the cat's tail wagged back and forth in annoyance> Synonyms swish, switch, waggle Related Words oscillate, rock, sway, swing, waver; beat, flail, flap, flop, lash, whip; flick, flicker, flutter, wave; jerk, jolt; jig, jiggle, joggle, shake, twitch, wiggle; bob, jog, nod

  2. 2 to relate sometimes questionable or secret information of a personal nature <tongues will wag as soon as word of the house's selling price gets around> Synonyms blab, dish, talk, tattle, gossipRelated Words bandy (about), circulate, noise (about or abroad), rumor; blabber, disclose, divulge, reveal, tell; hint, imply, insinuate, intimate, let on, suggest; inform, report, snitch, squeal, tip (off); babble, spill; confideNear Antonyms clam up, shut up

  3. 3 to make short up-and-down movements <the bird's head wagged jerkily as it looked for worms> Synonyms bob, bobble, jog, jounce, pump, seesaw, nodRelated Words jerk, jiggle, shake, wiggle, wobble (also wabble); oscillate, rock, sway, swing, undulate; drop, duck




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