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noun (1)

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


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

intransitive verb

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


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noun (2)

: empty or pretentious words : tripe

Examples of waffle in a Sentence

Verb she waffled when asked what she thought of her sister's new boyfriend
Recent Examples on the Web
Frozen waffles, dining tables — everything not sold was going into storage. Michael Burgess, Charlotte Observer, 31 May 2024 Also served are chicken and waffles, wraps, bowls with chicken and mac and cheese, wings, sandwiches, salads. James A. Jones Jr., Miami Herald, 30 May 2024
Chung’s film Eden was at the South by Southwest festival that year, which Greenberg had waffled on attending with her. Andrea Mandell, Peoplemag, 9 May 2024 Even as narratives about the U.S. economy among top experts have waffled between jubilant relief and stubborn concern that the best of this business cycle was finished, in the aggregate the labor market has consistently been vibrant since 2022; almost uneventfully so. Talmon Joseph Smith, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for waffle 

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Word History


Noun (1)

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


frequentative of obsolete woff to yelp, of imitative origin

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1744, in the meaning defined above


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 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a crisp cake with an indented crust made by cooking batter in a waffle iron


2 of 2 verb
waffled; waffling
: to be unable or unwilling to be clear about choices or opinions
also : to make a sudden reversal (as of policy)
British : to talk or write a lot without saying anything important

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