A penguin also waddles.
- The definition of a waddle is a swaying and unsteady gait where you move your weight from foot to foot while taking only short steps.
The unsteady walk of a very-pregnant woman who shifts her weight from foot to foot as she walks is an example of a waddle.
- To waddle is to walk with short steps swaying from one side to the other and with an unsteady gait.
When a pregnant woman can't walk steadily and sways from side to side, this is an example of when she waddles.
intransitive verb-·dled, -·dling
- to walk with short steps, swaying from side to side, as a duck does
- to move clumsily with a motion like this; toddle
Origin of waddlefrequentative of wade
intransitive verbwad·dled, wad·dling, wad·dles
- To walk with short steps that tilt the body from side to side.
- To walk heavily and clumsily with a pronounced sway.
Origin of waddleFrequentative of wade
(third-person singular simple present waddles, present participle waddling, simple past and past participle waddled)
First known use in English in a version of the Song of Roland around the year 1400. (Source:OED online)