wag·​gle | \ ˈwa-gəl How to pronounce waggle (audio) \
waggled; waggling\ ˈwa-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce waggle (audio) \

Definition of waggle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to reel, sway, or move from side to side : wag

transitive verb

: to move frequently one way and the other : wag



Definition of waggle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an instance of waggling : a jerky motion back and forth or up and down
2 : a preliminary swinging of a golf club head back and forth over the ball before the swing

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waggly \ ˈwa-​g(ə-​)lē How to pronounce waggle (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for waggle

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of waggle in a Sentence

Verb He can waggle his ears. He can make his ears waggle. Noun a quick waggle of her head to indicate “no”
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When the time comes to couple up, males will shake, shimmy and waggle their rears in an astounding display of eight-legged choreography. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "See Seven New Dazzling, Dancing Peacock Spiders," 31 Mar. 2020 Bohacek reminded the kid what to do, and the kid waggled his little hands in the air again. Melissa Locker, Time, "How Do You Make a Snow Angel? Everyone Loves This Flapping Kid Who Does Not Understand," 9 Jan. 2020 Or Billy Mack waggling his junk in the TV host’s face. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Hail the Romcom Masterpiece," 10 Dec. 2019 In these noisy and dynamic few milliseconds the fat rear Michelins hazed and the Pista’s posterior waggled left, then right, violently, a 710-hp twerk. Dan Neil, WSJ, "I Drove a Screaming Fast Ferrari Among Ordinary Cars," 21 Feb. 2019 The story is more dignified and tonally consistent than in the last film — Redmayne never has to do another butt-waggling Erumpet seduction dance — but much of it plays out with just as little weight as Fantastic Beasts’ silliest moments. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Even for the Harry Potter hardcore, Crimes of Grindelwald is one convoluted movie," 8 Nov. 2018 The horizon waggled, the waves suddenly got higher. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Skip the Seasickness: How Boats Are Getting More Tech-Savvy," 28 June 2018 Instead, the Let's Go games will ask players to waggle Joy-Con controllers to simulate a Pokéball throw after happening upon creatures in their travels. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Pokémon’s first Switch game launches in November, connects to Pokémon Go," 30 May 2018 In addition, though dogs love to stick their heads out and waggle their tongues, keep the windows shut. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "Amid safety concerns, some pet owners embrace alternatives to flying," 30 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Like the democratic society of the bees, in which consensus arrives through waggle dancing. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "Ann Druyan Is Reimagining the Future," 9 Mar. 2020 The play-action waggle play was designed to go to Smith, a defensive linemen who had his number called as the third-string fullback. Luke Ramirez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mustangs open Metro Mesa League play with win over Barons," 4 Oct. 2019 Aside from dropping a bat waggle in between his setup and his swing, there have been no major or notable changes to his stance. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Why the Piping Hot Mookie Betts Is One of Baseball's Very Best Players," 8 May 2018 If there weren’t the V-8 for comparison, the V-6 would feel punchy enough, and in sport plus mode the rear-drive waggles under that combined 350 pound-feet of torque. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2018 Lexus LC500h review: How to neuter a sports car into a hybrid," 27 Mar. 2018 The right-handed-hitting Acuna has no extraneous movement, no bat waggle, no hip action. Ray Glier, USA TODAY, "Minor League Player of the Year: Braves prospect Ronald Acuna improves at every level," 6 Sep. 2017 And considering the physical effort bees exert — from the waggle dance that communicates the location of a food source to the forceful beating of wings — Segura had a unique physicality to inform her choreography. Marcia Manna, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Inspired by bees choreographer Lara Segura hopes to educate people about local colonies," 10 Aug. 2017 There might be a brief nod or a tiny waggle of fingers to an adoring spectator, but little else. Sam Borden, New York Times, "England’s Andrew Johnston Is an Obscure Figure With an Unforgettable Presence," 16 July 2016 Beset by these seemingly involuntary waggles, as they were known, Garcia appeared fussy and nervous. Ian Crouch, The New Yorker, "Sergio Garcia’s Triumph of Persistence," 10 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of waggle


1588, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


circa 1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for waggle


frequentative of wag entry 1

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“Waggle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waggle. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of waggle

: to move up and down or from side to side repeatedly


wag·​gle | \ ˈwa-gəl How to pronounce waggle (audio) \
waggled; waggling

Kids Definition of waggle

: to move backward and forward, from side to side, or up and down

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