One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Waggish behaviour or remarks; jocularity.‘the public-school waggery from the older boys’
- ‘He writes, however, as Darwin did not, with dry humor (although he also occasionally descends to donnish waggery).’
- ‘Perhaps you will surprise yourself and end up finding how you too are a mixture of ‘gravity and waggery.’’
- ‘Smith's art, in fact, expands upon his previous waggery to include increased interplay between characters, and even more of his intricate detail work.’
- ‘The waggery may be more or less refined, it may run the whole gamut from open clownery to a slightly ironical twinkle, but it is always there.’
- 1.1archaic count noun A waggish action or remark.‘a man given to little waggeries’
- ‘He had not, indeed, spoken of the thing contemplated as a folly, not being a man given to little waggeries of that nature; but he had been calm, unenthusiastic, and reasonable.’
- ‘A series of gymnastics and equestrian exhibitions wound up the entertainments of the evening, which were interspersed with the witticisms and waggeries of two very clever clowns.’
- ‘In describing a fairy story which they think adults might possibly read for their own entertainment, reviewers frequently indulge in such waggeries as: ‘this book is for children from the ages of six to sixty’.’
- ‘Anderson's mind is like a grand prix race car, travelling at marvellous speed while spraying myriad waggeries out the window.’
- ‘See what the critics say of your harmless jokes, neat little trim sentences, and pet waggeries!’
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