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waffling

waffling is a present participle form of waffle

waffle (hesitate)

Definition:

to pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness

Class:

stative verb (being, having, spatial relations, etc.)

Related to:

waffler

Past tense:

waffled

Present participle:

waffling

3rd-person singular present:

waffles

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Examples:

boggle | dwell on | falter | hover | hover

Followed by:

doubt

Synonyms:

hesitate | waver | mammer [archaic]

Etymology:

The Dutch word wafel was adopted into English in the 1700s. The Dutch word, in...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Waffle

a batter-based or dough-based cake cooked in a waffle iron patterned to give a characteristic size, shape and surface impression. There are many variations based on the type of iron and recipe used, with over a dozen regional varieties in Belgium alone... (42 of 4809 words, 7 images)

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Waffle (disambiguation)

a batter- or dough-based cake cooked in a waffle iron. Waffle may also refer to: "Waffle" (song), a 2000 song by Sevendust | "Waffle", a 1995 song by Sunny Day Real Estate from Sunny Day Real Estate | Waffle (Catscratch), a character on Catscratch |... (42 of 202 words, 13 definitions)

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Wiktionary:

waffle | waffles [plural] | waffled [past tense] | waffling [present participle] | chatter [synonym, sense-specific] | blow hot and cold [synonym, sense-specific] | beat around the bush [synonym, sense-specific]

[countable] A flat pastry pressed with a grid pattern. | [countable, British] A potato waffle, a savoury flat potato cake with the same kind of grid pattern. | To smash. | [uncountable] Speech or writing that is vague, pretentious or evasive. | [birds]... (39 of 239 words, 9 definitions, 16 usage examples, pronunciations, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/waffle

Britannica Encyclopedia:

waffle [food]

crisp raised cake baked in a waffle iron, a hinged metal griddle with a honeycombed or fancifully engraved surface that allows a thin layer of batter ... (26 of 121 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/633839​/waffle

Collins Dictionary:

waffle | waffle (mainly British) [informal] | waffler [noun, derived]

a crisp golden-brown pancake with deep indentations on both sides | [modifier] | [intransitive, often followed by] on to speak or write in a vague and ... (24 of 503 words, 4 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/waffle

Oxford Dictionary:

waffle [entry 1] | wafflier [comparative] | waffliest [superlative] | waffler [derived] | waffly [derived]

[informal] : [British] : speak or write at length in a vague or trivial manner | [North American] : fail to make up one's mind | [British] : lengthy ... (27 of 119 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/waffle

waffle [entry 2]

a small crisp batter cake, baked in a waffle iron and eaten hot with butter or syrup. | denoting a style of fine honeycomb weaving or a fabric woven ... (28 of 73 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/waffle--2

Random House Dictionary:

waffle | waffled [past tense] | waffling [present participle] | waffling language [sense-specific]

a batter cake with a pattern of deep indentations on each side, formed by ... | having a gridlike or indented lattice shape or design. | "waffle" : ... (26 of 107 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/waffle

Merriam-Webster:

waffle [entry 1, noun]

a crisp cake of batter baked in a waffle iron (10 of 40 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/waffle

waffle [entry 2, verb] | waffled [past tense] | waffling [present participle] | blather [synonym, sense-specific] | equivocate [synonym, sense-specific] | also [synonym, sense-specific] | flip-flop [synonym, sense-specific] | vacillate [synonym, sense-specific] | fudge [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

"equivocate", "vacillate" ; also, "yo-yo", "flip-flop" | to talk or write foolishly; "blather" (12 of 99 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

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waffle [entry 3, noun] | tripe [synonym]

empty or pretentious words; "tripe" (5 of 18 words)

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New World Dictionary:

waffle [United States] | waffled [past tense] | waffling [present participle]

a batter cake like a pancake but crisper, baked in a waffle iron, which gives it a gridlike surface | having a surface like that of a waffle | to ... (28 of 76 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/waffle

waffle [United States] | waffled [sense-specific]

a batter cake like a pancake but crisper, baked in a waffle iron, which gives it a gridlike surface | having a surface like that of a waffle (27 of 43 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/waffled

American Heritage Dictionary:

waffle | waffled [past tense] | waffling [present participle] | waffles [3rd-person singular present] | waffler [noun, related] | wafflingly [adverb, related] | waffly [adjective, related]

A light crisp battercake baked in a waffle iron. | To speak or write evasively. | To speak, write, or act evasively about. | Evasive or vague speech ... (25 of 71 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/waffle

Macmillan British Dictionary:

waffle [intransitive, verb] | waffled [past tense] | waffling [present participle] | waffles [3rd-person singular present] | waffle on

"waffle" or "waffle on": [British, informal] to talk or write using a lot of words but without saying anything interesting or important | [United ... (23 of 66 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/waffle 6

waffle | waffles [plural]

[countable] a flat cake that has deep square marks on both sides | [uncountable, informal] talk or writing that uses a lot of words but does not say ... (27 of 54 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/waffle

Cambridge Dictionary:

waffle [entry 1, disapproving]

to talk or write a lot without giving any useful information or any clear answers (15 of 38 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/waffle 1

waffle [entry 2]

a thin light cake, the surface of which is formed into a pattern of raised squares, eaten especially in the US and Canada (23 of 33 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/waffle 2

waffle [entry 3, disapproving]

talk or writing that uses a lot of words but does not give any useful information (16 of 42 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/waffle 3

Encarta Dictionary:

waffle [entry 1] | waffles [plural]

a thick light pancake, crisp on the outside, that is baked in a waffle iron to give a pattern of indentations on both sides (24 of 44 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861709186​/definition​.html  [offline]

waffle [entry 2] | waffled [past tense] | waffling [present participle] | waffles [3rd-person singular present]

to be unable to make a decision | speech or writing that is indecisive and vague (15 of 58 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861709187​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

waffle | waffles [plural] | waffled [past tense] | waffling [present participle]

Origin: The Dutch word wafel was adopted into English in the 1700s. The Dutch word, in turn, derives from the Middle Low... | the Scots waffle, "to waver, to flutter", a variation of the Scots waff ("to flutter, to wave", related to... (40 of 160 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/waffle

New World Dictionary:

waffle [United States] | waffled [past tense] | waffling [present participle]

Origin: Dutch wafel, akin to Old High German waba, honeycomb, Old English wefan, to "weave" | originally, to yelp from echoic waff, to yelp

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/waffle

waffle [United States]

Origin: Dutch wafel, akin to Old High German waba, honeycomb, Old English wefan, to "weave"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/waffled

American Heritage Dictionary:

waffle | waffled [past tense] | waffling [present participle] | waffles [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Dutch wafel, from Middle Dutch wāfel; see webh- in Indo-European roots. | Probably frequentative of obsolete waff, to ... (17 of 22 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/waffle

Collins Dictionary:

waffle | waffle (mainly British) [informal]

First use: 19th century

Origin: from Dutch wafel (earlier wæfel), of Germanic origin; related to Old High German wabo honeycomb | of unknown origin

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/waffle

Merriam-Webster:

waffle [entry 1, noun]

First use: 1744

Origin: Dutch wafel, from Middle Dutch wafele; akin to Old High German waba honeycomb, Old English wefan to weave

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/waffle

waffle [entry 2, verb] | waffled [past tense] | waffling [present participle]

First use: 1868

Origin: frequentative of obsolete woff to yelp, of imitative origin

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Oxford Dictionary:

waffle [entry 1] | wafflier [comparative] | waffliest [superlative]

First use: late 17th century

Origin: (originally in the sense "yap, yelp"): frequentative of dialect waff "yelp", of imitative origin

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/waffle

waffle [entry 2]

First use: mid 18th century

Origin: Dutch wafel; compare with "wafer" and "goffer"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/waffle--2

Encarta Dictionary:

waffle [entry 1] | waffles [plural]

First use: Mid-18th century

Origin: Dutch wafel "wafer"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861709186​/definition​.html  [offline]

waffle [entry 2] | waffled [past tense] | waffling [present participle] | waffles [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Late 17th century

Origin: waff "yelp or bark", an imitation of the sound

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861709187​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

waffle | waffles [plural] | waffled [past tense] | waffling [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "waffle"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/waffle

Collins Dictionary:

waffle | waffle (mainly British) [informal]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "waffle"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/waffle

Macmillan British Dictionary:

waffle [intransitive, verb] | waffled [past tense] | waffling [present participle] | waffles [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "waffle"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/waffle 6

waffle | waffles [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "waffle"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/waffle

Macmillan American Dictionary:

waffle [intransitive, verb] | waffled [past tense] | waffling [present participle] | waffles [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "waffle"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/waffle 6

waffle | waffles [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "waffle"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

waffle [entry 3, disapproving]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "waffle"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "waffle"

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the Free Dictionary:

waffle

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "waffle"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "waffle"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "waffle" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

waffle | waffles [plural] | waffled [past tense] | waffling [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "waffle"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

waffle

Audio: North American pronunciation of "waffle"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=waffle​01 word=waffle

YourDictionary Audio:

waffle

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "waffle" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

waffle

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "waffle" by speech synthesizer

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