waffle

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noun (1)

waf·​fle ˈwä-fəl How to pronounce waffle (audio)
ˈwȯ-
: a crisp cake of batter baked in a waffle iron

waffle

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verb

waffled; waffling ˈwä-f(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce waffle (audio)
ˈwȯ-

intransitive verb

1
: equivocate, vacillate
waffled on the important issues
also : yo-yo, flip-flop
2
: to talk or write foolishly : blather
can waffle … tiresomely off the point The Times Literary Supplement (London)
waffler noun

waffle

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noun (2)

: empty or pretentious words : tripe

Example Sentences

Verb she waffled when asked what she thought of her sister's new boyfriend

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Dutch wafel, from Middle Dutch wafele; akin to Old High German waba honeycomb, Old English wefan to weave

Verb

frequentative of obsolete woff to yelp, of imitative origin

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1744, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of waffle was in 1744

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Cite this Entry

“Waffle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waffle. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

waffle

noun

waf·​fle
ˈwäf-əl,
ˈwȯf-
: a crisp cake with an indented crust made by cooking batter in a waffle iron

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