waddle (v.) "to walk with short steps," 1590s, frequentative of WADE (Cf. wade). Related: Waddled; waddling. The noun is recorded from 1690s.

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  • Waddle — Wad dle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Waddled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Waddling}.] [Freq. of wade; cf. AS. w[ae]dlian to beg, from wadan to go. See {Wade}.] To walk with short steps, swaying the body from one side to the other, like a duck or very fat person;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Waddle — Wad dle, v. t. To trample or tread down, as high grass, by walking through it. [R.] Drayton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • waddle — [v] walk like a duck rock, shuffle, sway, toddle, totter, wiggle, wobble; concept 151 …   New thesaurus

  • waddle — ► VERB ▪ walk with short steps and a clumsy swaying motion. ► NOUN ▪ a waddling gait. ORIGIN perhaps related to WADE(Cf. ↑wade) …   English terms dictionary

  • waddle — [wäd′əl] vi. waddled, waddling [freq. of WADE] 1. to walk with short steps, swaying from side to side, as a duck does 2. to move clumsily with a motion like this; toddle n. the act of waddling or a waddling gait waddler n …   English World dictionary

  • Waddle — Christopher „Chris“ Roland Waddle (* 14. Dezember 1960 in Heworth bei Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England) ist ein ehemaliger englischer Fußballspieler der 1980er und 1990er Jahre. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Sportlicher Werdegang 2 Sonstiges …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • waddle — UK [ˈwɒd(ə)l] / US [ˈwɑd(ə)l] verb [intransitive] Word forms waddle : present tense I/you/we/they waddle he/she/it waddles present participle waddling past tense waddled past participle waddled to walk with short steps that make your body move… …   English dictionary

  • waddle — wad|dle [ˈwɔdl US ˈwa:dl] v [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: wade] to walk with short steps, with your body moving from one side to another used especially about people or birds with fat bodies and short legs waddle off/down/over etc ▪ Half a dozen… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • waddle — [[t]wɒ̱d(ə)l[/t]] waddles, waddling, waddled VERB To waddle somewhere means to walk there with short, quick steps, swinging slightly from side to side. A person or animal that waddles usually has short legs and a fat body. [V prep/adv] McGinnis… …   English dictionary

  • waddle — I. intransitive verb (waddled; waddling) Etymology: frequentative of wade Date: 1592 1. to walk with short steps swinging the forepart of the body from side to side 2. to move clumsily in a manner suggesting a waddle • waddler noun II. noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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