Meaning of WAG in English

WAG

I. ˈwag verb

( wagged ; wag·ging )

Etymology: Middle English waggen; akin to Middle High German wacken to totter, Old English wegan to move — more at way

Date: 13th century

intransitive verb

1. : to be in motion : stir

2. : to move to and fro or up and down especially with quick jerky motions

3. : to move in chatter or gossip

scandal caused tongues to wag

4. archaic : depart

5. : waddle

transitive verb

1. : to swing to and fro or up and down especially with quick jerky motions : switch

a dog wagging its tail

specifically : to nod (the head) or shake (a finger) at (as in assent or mild reproof)

2. : to move (as the tongue) animatedly in conversation

• wag·ger noun

II. noun

Date: 1589

: an act of wagging : shake

III. noun

Etymology: probably short for obsolete English waghalter gallows bird, from English wag (I) + halter

Date: circa 1553

1. : wit , joker

2. obsolete : a young man : chap

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