Definition of waggle in English:



  • 1Move or cause to move with short quick movements from side to side or up and down.

    no object ‘his arm waggled’
    with object ‘Mary waggled a glass at them’
    • ‘His thin arms waggled around in the air balancing himself on on his stool as he laughed with conviction at everything.’
    • ‘They make their way down to the river, walk into the water up to their shoulders, swim across the deeper channel in the middle, their antlers waggling above the ripples, and calmly walk out again on the other side.’
    • ‘Wrapping her arms around Suzanne's slim waist, she grinned, waggling her eyebrows.’
    • ‘Three pairs of US army shades turned on me, and a couple of American guns waggled discouragingly in my direction.’
    • ‘‘And waggle your arms more,’ chimed in Elaine, regarding him critically.’
    • ‘I have a vivid recollection of a World Bank staffer in 1992 hectoring the Minister of Agriculture of Albania, waggling her finger in his face.’
    • ‘Although about dancing in general, it seems that if you want to get people waggling in modern Britain, you need to be doing salsa.’
    • ‘A hand stuck out of the door, palm up, fingers waggling expectantly.’
    • ‘Heads waggling, the subjects listened to one of two radio shows.’
    • ‘The next morning, the proprietress of the B & B, waggling an admonishing finger as only middle-aged Welsh matrons can, suggested that we should find alternate lodging.’
    • ‘She runs desperately about, waggling her bottom at the camera until eventually someone shoots a paintball right at it.’
    • ‘‘It looks a bit severe,’ he says, waggling his camera at her grey and forbidding Jasper Conran coat-dress.’
    • ‘‘Fish like snake,’ she cautioned, waggling her hand in serpentine gesture and shaking her head discouragingly.’
    • ‘Rowing cannot be a sport, as it involves sitting down (and, to be fair, waggling your arms a bit).’
    • ‘I managed to hook my fingers under the edge of the arm and put more effort into it, waggling it back and forth.’
    • ‘After quarterback Jay Fiedler waggled to his right, he found himself face to face with Armstrong.’
    • ‘A child wearing an ordinary-looking glove and cap embedded with hidden sensors can raise her arms or waggle her head to make CosmoBot do the same.’
    • ‘The dog sniffed at Raider's shoes and then pawed at AJ's legs, asking to be picked up, short little tail waggling happily.’
    • ‘Without benefit of poles or much of a slope, I waggled my arms back and forth to get going.’
    • ‘‘You know me,’ he says, flashing his giant gold and silver rings and waggling his cigar.’
    wag, shake, wiggle, wobble, wave, quiver, jerk, twitch, flutter, jiggle, joggle, bobble, brandish, flourish, flail about
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    1. 1.1with object Swing (a golf club) loosely to and fro over the ball before playing a shot.
      • ‘You might be willing to pull a driver off the rack, waggle it a little, then lay down your credit card, but the stakes are higher in the professional game.’
      • ‘That news will come as a relief to those who despaired as he took an age standing over the ball waggling the club before putting it into action!’
      • ‘The off-course discount store also offers a buyer the opportunity to hold a club, to waggle it, even to hit it, albeit often in a netted indoor cage.’
      • ‘I will then look at my target - remember it might not be the flag stick, but a safe point on the green - and waggle the club to keep loose.’
      • ‘He took out his wedge, and after waggling it for a minute, he puts it back into the bag and pulls out a 5-iron.’
      • ‘Over the ball, I like to stay in motion, by waggling the club and gently rocking from foot to foot.’
      • ‘‘First, I never used to put anything before or above golf,’ says Trevino, waggling a club in his garage.’
      • ‘Some tour pros ‘milk’ the golf club by regripping it, others bounce the club-head off the ground or waggle it above the ball.’
      • ‘For example, shuffle your feet, waggle the club slowly twice, look at the target once and then go.’


  • An act of waggling.

    • ‘A waggle is a rehearsal for what you're going to do with the real swing.’
    • ‘But for a body-on-frame vehicle, the waggle is minor.’
    • ‘‘Didn't know you smoked,’ he said, allowing his short beard a brief censorious waggle.’
    • ‘But she's not a pop performer - she can't put across the song through anything more than a slightly desperate bum waggle.’
    • ‘‘I'll be busy,’ he said, with a suggestive waggle of his eyebrows.’
    • ‘And it was a problem for him in the US Open - some people counted the waggles and he was getting upset.’
    • ‘He went through the same routine, the same wiggles and waggles that he did on the golf course.’
    • ‘She writes lucidly on media in the country, giving it a pat on the back and a little waggle of the finger at the same time.’
    • ‘Rummaging through his fridge, he pulled out a bottle of champagne and waved it at her with a waggle of his eyebrows.’
    • ‘The contrast between the sunny petals and the vibrant green of the stems; the joyous waggle of each flower.’
    • ‘Then, with minor waggles of a few degrees, global warming continued, giving us our island status by filling up the English Channel with water.’
    • ‘Garcia has come particularly close, especially since finally learning to cut his pre-shot waggles and regrips to single digits.’
    • ‘He fisks the project fairly strongly, giving it several pieces of his mind and an angry waggle of the finger for good measure.’
    • ‘Just before he turned away, he waved at me, one of those little finger waggle waves people with secrets give each other.’
    • ‘The 60-degree bat waggle while tracking the delivery ought to decrease bat speed.’
    • ‘At the start of the sixth a stunning uppercut by Harrison rocked McCulloch and he responded with the waggle of a boxer trying to disguise the fact that he had been hurt by showboating.’
    • ‘If I see a telling idiosyncrasy in his behavior, such as taking an extra waggle, clearing his throat or displaying trembling hands when he's teeing his ball, something is going on.’
    • ‘‘The only person who could get me a present this nice is you,’ he said as he gave his arm a waggle, displaying the shining face of the watch.’
    • ‘A good cane barbel rod feels really quite stiff, and when given a waggle it stops moving around very quickly.’
    • ‘Might Lou Reed's monstrosity of non-stop feedback noise, Metal Machine Music, be a good record to help people shake their sillies out and wiggle their waggles away?’


Late 16th century: frequentative of wag.