we·​deln ˈvā-dᵊln How to pronounce wedeln (audio)
: a style of skiing in which a skier rhythmically swings the rear of the skis from side to side while following the fall line

Word History


German, from wedeln, literally, to fan, wag the tail, from Wedel fan, tail, from Old High German wadal; akin to Old Norse vēli bird's tail

First Known Use

circa 1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wedeln was circa 1957

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Cite this Entry

“Wedeln.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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