waggle (third-person singular simple present waggles, present participle waggling, simple past and past participle waggled)
- (transitive) To move (something) with short, quick motions; to wobble.
- 1908: Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
- The Mole waggled his toes from sheer happiness, spread his chest with a sigh of full contentment, and leaned back blissfully into the soft cushions.
- (intransitive) To reel, sway, or move from side to side; to move with a wagging motion; to waddle.
- c. 1598, William Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing, Act II, Scene 1,
- I know you by the waggling of your head.
- 1692, Roger L’Estrange, Fables of Æsop and other Eminent Mythologists: with Morals and Reflections, 8th edition, London: A. Bettesworth et. al., 1738, Anianus’s Fables, Fab. 222, p. 239,
- Why do you go Nodding and Waggling so like a Fool, as if you were Hipshot? says the Goose to her Gosselin.
- 1942, Emily Carr, The Book of Small, “British Columbia Nightingale,”
- The tassel on the end of his pigtail waggled all down the path and, as he turned out of the gate, it gave a special little flip.
move with short, quick motions; wobble
waggle (plural waggles)
- A wobbling motion.
- (golf) The preliminary swinging of the club head back and forth over the ball in the line of the proposed stroke.