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wag

verb \ ˈwag \

Definition of wag

wagged; wagging
intransitive verb
1 : to be in motion : stir
2 : to move to and fro or up and down especially with quick jerky motions
3 : to move in chatter or gossip
  • scandal caused tongues to wag
4 archaic : depart
5 : waddle
transitive verb
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)
2 : to move (the tongue) animatedly in conversation

wagger

noun

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

wag Synonyms


2

wag

noun

Definition of wag

: an act of wagging : shake

First Known Use of wag

1589


3

wag

noun

Definition of wag

1 : wit, joker
2 obsolete : a young man : chap

Origin and Etymology of wag

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



WAG Defined for English Language Learners

wag

verb

Definition of wag for English Language Learners

  • : to move something from side to side repeatedly


WAG Defined for Kids

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wag

verb \ ˈwag \

Definition of wag for Students

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

2

wag

noun

Definition of wag for Students

: a movement back and forth or from side to side

3

wag

noun

Definition of wag for Students

: a person full of jokes and humor


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