waddle

verb
wad·​dle | \ ˈwä-dᵊl How to pronounce waddle (audio) \
waddled; waddling\ ˈwäd-​liŋ , ˈwä-​dᵊl-​iŋ How to pronounce waddle (audio) \

Definition of waddle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

waddle

noun

Definition of waddle (Entry 2 of 2)

: an awkward clumsy swaying gait

Other Words from waddle

Verb

waddler \ ˈwäd-​lər , ˈwä-​dᵊl-​ər How to pronounce waddle (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for waddle

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of waddle in a Sentence

Verb He waddled down the hallway. A fat goose waddled across the yard.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In Tepetitán, a community of a couple thousand people where chickens often waddle around freely and fishermen dock their boats in a river running through town, residents say that the president has not forgotten them. Leila Millerstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2022 The penguin jump-a-roo, along with the rest of her physical therapy, helped Rosie go from a penguin who couldn't walk independently to a social bird that likes to waddle around the aquarium visiting her friends in less than two years. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 15 Feb. 2022 Serious cyclists in padded shorts and bike shoes waddle through the patio after a long ride, as freelancers on laptops shift from chagaccinos to draft beers. New York Times, 24 Jan. 2022 The Cincinnati Zoo invites you to waddle with the penguins now through February 18th every Friday – Sunday. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 20 Jan. 2022 Looking out toward the ocean, a half dozen miniature tuxedoed creatures emerge from the surf and waddle up the beach, their wings flapping in the air. Elizabeth Warkentin, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Oct. 2021 Dungeness crabs and Maine lobsters waddle around in shallow pools reminiscent of the educational touch pools at aquariums. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Sep. 2021 These flightless tuxedoed birds waddle across land like infants taking their first steps. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Sep. 2021 So Visco created a plywood ramp so the ducklings can waddle back to the safety of their nest. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jango likes to walk around with a waddle, letting his thick coat sway back and forth. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Mar. 2022 General manager Chris Grier had to appreciate seeing Waddle’s celebratory waddle a week ago and Phillips’ celebratory sack somersault the next. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, 6 Dec. 2021 Rodents missing a functional RORB gene waddle like ducks. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 25 Mar. 2021 Some of the physical limitations that make Baby Yoda seem especially infantile, like his waddle of a walk, may not be developmental delays at all. Eric Spitznagel, Popular Mechanics, 30 Oct. 2020 Some of the physical limitations that make Baby Yoda seem especially infantile, like his waddle of a walk, may not be developmental delays at all. Eric Spitznagel, Popular Mechanics, 30 Oct. 2020 Some of the physical limitations that make Baby Yoda seem especially infantile, like his waddle of a walk, may not be developmental delays at all. Eric Spitznagel, Popular Mechanics, 30 Oct. 2020 Some of the physical limitations that make Baby Yoda seem especially infantile, like his waddle of a walk, may not be developmental delays at all. Eric Spitznagel, Popular Mechanics, 30 Oct. 2020 This one-step-forward-two-steps-back waddle, however, wasn't confined to the playoffs; the entire season was a string of stop signs after green lights. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, 8 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of waddle

Verb

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1691, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for waddle

Verb

frequentative of wade

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Dictionary Entries Near waddle

Waddington, Mount

waddle

waddlingly

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Last Updated

15 Apr 2022

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“Waddle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waddle. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for waddle

waddle

verb
wad·​dle | \ ˈwä-dᵊl How to pronounce waddle (audio) \
waddled; waddling

Kids Definition of waddle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to walk with short steps swaying like a duck

waddle

noun

Kids Definition of waddle (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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