Synonyms of wave in English:

wave


See definition of wave

verb

1‘Farrell waved a hand dismissively’

SYNONYMS

move to and fro, move up and down, wag, waggle

swing, shake, swish, sweep, swipe, brandish, flourish, flaunt, wield, flick, flutter

2‘the grass waved in the morning breeze’

SYNONYMS

ripple, flutter, undulate, stir, flap, sway, swing, waft, shake, quiver, oscillate, move

blow

3‘the waiter was waving to them to sit closer’

SYNONYMS

gesture, gesticulate, signal, sign, beckon, indicate, motion, nod, bid

4‘her thick dark hair fell in a waving mass to her shoulders’

SYNONYMS

curl, kink, coil, undulate

crimp, frizz, frizzle


noun

1‘Whitlock gave him a friendly wave as he drove past’

SYNONYMS

gesture, gesticulation, hand movement

signal, sign, motion, indication

2‘he loves surfing the big waves’

SYNONYMS

breaker, billow, roller, comber, ripple, white horse, white cap

swell, surf, froth

NZ Australian bombora

informal boomer

North American informal kahuna

3‘the wave of emigration to Israel’

SYNONYMS

flow, rush, surge, flood, stream, swell, tide, deluge, torrent, spate, billow

4‘Lee felt a wave of self-pity’

SYNONYMS

surge, rush, ripple, spasm, thrill, frisson, shiver, tingle, stab, dart

upsurge, welling up, outbreak, rash

feeling

5‘he had dark hair that sprang in thick waves from his forehead’

SYNONYMS

curl, kink, corkscrew, crimp, twist, twirl, ringlet, frizz, coil, loop, undulation

6‘electromagnetic waves’

SYNONYMS

ripple, vibration, oscillation, undulation


Phrases

    wave something aside

      ‘he waved aside her protest’

      SYNONYMS

      dismiss, reject, brush aside, put aside, set aside, shrug off, disregard, ignore, spurn, rebuff, discount, repudiate, put out of one's mind, play down, treat with contempt

      informal

      pooh-pooh, pour cold water on

    wave something down

      ‘he waved down a taxi and drove off’

      SYNONYMS

      flag down, hail, signal to stop, stop, signal, summon, call, shout to, accost

    make waves

      ‘plenty of backbenchers continue to make waves’

      SYNONYMS

      cause trouble, be disruptive, be troublesome, cause a disturbance

      make an impression, be noticed