Waffle meaning

wŏfəl
To speak or write evasively.
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The definition of a waffle is a battercake which is cooked in an iron form that gives it a deep grid pattern.

An example of a waffle is a square cake eaten for breakfast with grooves that hold butter and maple syrup.

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Waffle describes something with a grid pattern.

An example of waffle is a thick grid pattern on a winter tee shirt; a waffle pattern.

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Waffle is defined as to go back and forth on an opinion in speaking or writing.

An example of waffle is telling a restaurant server you want "the beef, no the chicken, no the beef, no the chicken."

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A light crisp cake made of batter and baked in a waffle iron.
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To be unable to make a decision; waver.

He waffled over whether to ask for a raise.

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To speak, write, or act evasively about (something).
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Evasive or vague speech or writing.
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A batter cake like a pancake but crisper, baked in a waffle iron, which gives it a gridlike surface.
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Having a surface like that of a waffle.
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To speak or write in a wordy, vague, or indecisive manner.
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Wordy, vague, or indecisive talk or writing.
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See WAFL.
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(countable) A flat pastry pressed with a grid pattern.

The brunch was waffles with strawberries and whipped cream.

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(countable, UK) A potato waffle, a savoury flat potato cake with the same kind of grid pattern.
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To smash.
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(uncountable) Speech or writing that is vague, pretentious or evasive.

This interesting point seems to get lost a little within a lot of self-important waffle.

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(of birds) To move in a side-to-side motion and descend (lose altitude) before landing. Cf wiffle, whiffle.

The geese waffled as they approached the water.

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To speak or write vaguely and evasively.
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To speak or write at length without any clear point or aim.
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He waffles between loving the movie and hating it, depending on who's asking.

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To rotate (one's hand) back and forth in a gesture of vacillation or ambivalence.
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Origin of waffle

  • Probably frequentative of obsolete waff to yelp probably of imitative origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Dutch wafel from Middle Dutch wāfel webh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The Dutch word wafel was adopted into English in the 1700s. The Dutch word, in turn, derives from the Middle Low German wāfel (modern German Waffel), which was borrowed into Middle English around 1377 as wafer, and which is also the source of the French gaufre. Wāfel, in turn, derives from the Old High German waba, wabo (modern German Wabe), meaning honeycomb and ultimately related to the word weave. The verb sense "to smash" derives from the manner in which waffle-batter is smashed into its shape between the two halves of a waffle iron, and the sense "to press a waffle pattern into" derives from the pattern the waffle-iron-halves impart.

    From Wiktionary

  • From the Scots waffle, "to waver, to flutter", a variation of the Scots waff ("to flutter, to wave", related to wave), with the suffix -le added. Alternatively, perhaps derived from waff, an imitation of a dog's (unintelligible and thus meaningless) yelp (cf woof). Also note Old English wæflian (“to talk foolishly").

    From Wiktionary