intransitive verb-·wagged·, -·wag·ging
- to move back and forth; wag
- to send (a message) by waving flags, lights, etc. back and forth using a code
Origin of wigwagfrom obsolete wig, to move + wag
- the act of sending messages in this way
- a message so sent
verbwig·wagged, wig·wag·ging, wig·wags
- To move back and forth; wag steadily or rhythmically: watched the pendulum wigwag.
- To signal by waving a flag, light, or an upraised arm, especially in accordance with a code.
- To move (something) back and forth steadily or rhythmically.
- To convey (a message or signal) by waving a flag, light, or an upraised arm.
- The act or practice of wigwagging.
- A message sent by this method.
Origin of wigwagDialectal wig to move wag 1
- Any of a number of mechanical or electrical devices which cause a component to oscillate between two states.