Definition of woggle in English:



  • A loop or ring of leather or cord through which the ends of a Scout's neckerchief are threaded.

    • ‘Try as they might to update their image, it seems we in the press are incapable of reporting on those abiding British institutions without cracking mean-minded jokes about woggles and campfire ditties.’
    • ‘I got a woggle and a sheet of paper with the words to scout song which I was told to guard with my life.’’
    • ‘Sea Scouts didn't just have to cope with the infamous woggle, but with a lanyard as well.’
    • ‘I had my Howard Jones haircut at the time, incongruous against my woggle and neckerchief.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the 25,000 Scottish Scouts who have pitched at 34 camps across the country this weekend can rest assured that the neckties and woggles which are the hallmark of Scouting are almost certainly here to stay.’
    • ‘Increasingly desperate to procure himself a place in history, last week he managed a new trophy to set beside the Boy Scout woggle, which sits proudly on his desk.’
    • ‘He'd been sitting at home when the doorbell rang and when he answered it there stood before him a young boy scout, resplendent in his uniform with neckerchief and woggle, who asked him ‘Bob-a-job, sir?’’
    • ‘You can always speed it up by recruiting assistance; for example, I bet the local scouts would be only too happy to help in return for a handful of woggles.’
    • ‘The Leaders, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers that were invested were presented with a neckerchief, woggle and an investiture certificate.’
    • ‘When I was in the Scouts and a woggle polisher of the highest order, (yes, sorry if you are involved in the movement, I know I'm pandering to a misconception of modern Scouting), we went on a camp to one of the Witterings.’
    • ‘On Cub night I would leave the house in pristine condition, uniform ironed and starched, woggle adjusted to the right position, lanyard gleaming white, my Swiss army knife and my Madras Police whistle polished to perfection.’
    • ‘When I was a Girl Guide (3rd Box Hill Unit) we used to go to our local dawn service, badges shiny, woggles straight, socks pulled up.’
    • ‘The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is a kind of Scouts organisation for young adults fearful of wogglesand uniforms.’
    • ‘A Boy Scout, of course, needs no reminding of the Seven Deadly Sins - he probably has them branded on his woggle.’


1930s: of unknown origin.