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verb \ˈwag\

Definition of wag

wagged

wagging

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to be in motion :  stir

  3. 2 :  to move to and fro or up and down especially with quick jerky motions

  4. 3 :  to move in chatter or gossip <scandal caused tongues to wag>

  5. 4 archaic :  depart

  6. 5 :  waddle

  7. transitive verb
  8. 1 :  to swing to and fro or up and down especially with quick jerky motions :  switch <a dog wagging its tail>; specifically :  to nod (the head) or shake (a finger) at (as in assent or mild reproof)

  9. 2 :  to move (as the tongue) animatedly in conversation

wagger

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Examples of wag in a sentence

  1. The dog wagged its tail.

  2. She wagged her finger at the children as she scolded them.

  3. He wagged his head back and forth.

  4. The dog's tail began to wag excitedly.

Origin and Etymology of wag

Middle English waggen; akin to Middle High German wacken to totter, Old English wegan to move — more at way


First Known Use: 13th century


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wag

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Definition of wag

  1. :  an act of wagging :  shake

1589

First Known Use of wag

1589


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wag

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Definition of wag

  1. 1 :  wit, joker

  2. 2 obsolete :  a young man :  chap

Origin and Etymology of wag

probably short for obsolete English waghalter gallows bird, from English 1wag + halter


First Known Use: circa 1553



WAG Defined for English Language Learners

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verb \ˈwag\

Definition of wag for English Language Learners

  • : to move something from side to side repeatedly


WAG Defined for Kids

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verb \ˈwag\

Definition of wag for Students

wagged

wagging

  1. :  to swing to and fro or from side to side <“No, no. …” The old man wagged his finger. — Susan Cooper, The Dark is Rising>


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Definition of wag for Students

  1. :  a movement back and forth or from side to side


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wag

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Definition of wag for Students

  1. :  a person full of jokes and humor



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