- One who, or that which, wags.
- a finger-wagger
- waggers of tongues
wag + -er
Variant of wag
transitive verbwagged, wagging
- to cause (something fastened or held at one end) to move rapidly and repeatedly back and forth, from side to side, or up and down: the dog wagged his tail
- to shake (a finger) or nod (the head), as in summoning, reproving, etc.
- to move (the tongue) in talking, esp. in idle or malicious gossip
Origin of wagMiddle English waggen, probably ; from Old Norse vaga, to move back and forth, rock, akin to Old English wagian, to shake, totter ; from Indo-European base an unverified form weĝh-, to move from source Classical Latin vehere, to carry
- to move rapidly and repeatedly back and forth, from side to side, or up and down: said as of a part of the body
- to keep moving in talk, esp. in idle or malicious gossip: said of the tongue
- to walk or move with a swaying motion; waddle
the act or an instance of wagging