waffle

noun (1)
waf·​fle | \ ˈwä-fəl How to pronounce waffle (audio) , ˈwȯ- \

Definition of waffle

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a crisp cake of batter baked in a waffle iron

waffle

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

Definition of waffle (Entry 2 of 3)

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 pointThe Times Literary Supplement (London)

waffle

noun (2)

Definition of waffle (Entry 3 of 3)

: empty or pretentious words : tripe

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Verb

waffler \ ˈwä-​f(ə-​)lər How to pronounce waffle (audio) , ˈwȯ-​ \ noun

Examples of waffle in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of waffle

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

History and Etymology for waffle

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

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“Waffle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waffle. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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waffle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of waffle

informal
US : to be unable or unwilling to make a clear decision about what to do
British : to talk or write a lot without saying anything important or interesting

waffle

noun
waf·​fle | \ ˈwä-fəl How to pronounce waffle (audio) \

Kids Definition of waffle

: a crisp cake of batter baked in a waffle iron and often indented with a pattern of small squares

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