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waddle

verb wad·dle \ ˈwä-dᵊl \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of waddle

waddled; waddling play \ˈwäd-liŋ, ˈwä-dᵊl-iŋ\
intransitive verb
1 : to walk with short steps swinging the forepart of the body from side to side
2 : to move clumsily in a manner suggesting a waddle

waddler

play \ˈwäd-lər, ˈwä-dᵊl-ər\ noun

Examples of waddle in a Sentence

  1. He waddled down the hallway.

  2. A fat goose waddled across the yard.

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Origin and Etymology of waddle

frequentative of wade


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waddle

noun

Definition of waddle

: an awkward clumsy swaying gait

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First Known Use of waddle

1691


WADDLE Defined for English Language Learners

waddle

verb

Definition of waddle for English Language Learners

  • : to walk with short steps while moving from side to side like a duck


WADDLE Defined for Kids

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waddle

verb wad·dle \ ˈwä-dᵊl \

Definition of waddle for Students

waddled; waddling
: to walk with short steps swaying like a duck

2

waddle

noun

Definition of waddle for Students

: a way of walking by taking short steps and swaying from side to side


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