headshaking

noun

: an act of shaking the head (as in disbelief or distrust)

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1803, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of headshaking was circa 1803

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“Headshaking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headshaking. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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