waggery

noun
wag·​gery | \ ˈwa-gə-rē How to pronounce waggery (audio) \
plural waggeries

Definition of waggery

1 : mischievous merriment : pleasantry
2 : jest especially : practical joke

Examples of waggery in a Sentence

tossing lighted firecrackers around is not the kind of harmless waggery that it might seem Will Rogers' homespun waggeries struck a chord with audiences during the Great Depression.
Recent Examples on the Web To ask you to step into the parlor was Maggie’s favorite waggery, the divisions of her cabin being purely imaginary. Gertrude A. Zerr, Harper's magazine, 22 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'waggery.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of waggery

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About waggery

Time Traveler for waggery

Time Traveler

The first known use of waggery was in 1594

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near waggery

waggel

waggery

waggish

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for waggery

Cite this Entry

“Waggery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waggery. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!