Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
waggen; probably of Scand. origin; cf. Sw.
vaggato rock a cradle,
vugge; akin to AS.
wagianto move, wag,
weganto bear, carry, G. & D. be
wegento move, and E.
weigh. √136. See
To move one way and the other with quick turns; to shake to and fro; to move vibratingly; to cause to vibrate, as a part of the body;
No discerner durst
waghis tongue in censure.
Every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and
Jer. xviii. 16.
☞ Wag expresses specifically the motion of the head and body used in buffoonery, mirth, derision, sport, and mockery.
To move one way and the other; to be shaken to and fro; to vibrate.
The resty sieve
waggedne’er the more.
To be in action or motion; to move; to get along; to progress; to stir.
“Thus we may see,” quoth he, “how the world
To go; to depart; to pack oft.
I will provoke him to 't, or let him
The act of wagging; a shake;
wagof the head
[Perhaps shortened from
A man full of sport and humor; a ludicrous fellow; a humorist; a wit; a joker.
We wink at
wagswhen they offend.
A counselor never pleaded without a piece of pack thread in his hand, which he used to twist about a finger all the while he was speaking; the
wagsused to call it the thread of his discourse.
Webster 1828 Edition
Every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head. Jer. 18. Matt 27. [Wag expresses particulary the motion of the head and body used in buffoonery, mirth, derision, sport and mockery. It is applied also to birds and beasts; as, to wag the tail.]
1.To be quick in ludicrous motion; to stir.
Tis merry in hall, where beards wag all.
Tremble and start at wagging of a straw.
2.To go; to depart; to pack offf.
I will provoke him tot, or let him wag.
3.To be moved one way and the other.
The resty sieve waggd neer the more.
We wink at wags, when they offend.
The counselor never pleaded without a piece of packthread in his hand, which he used to twist about his finger all the while he was speaking; the wags used to call it the thread of his discourse.