First recorded in 1735–45, waffle is from the Dutch word wafel (Source: dictionary.com)
Late 17th century (originally in the sense ‘yap, yelp’): frequentative of dialect waff ‘yelp’, of imitative origin. (Source: lexico.com)
Mid 18th century from Dutch wafel; compare with wafer and goffer. (Source: lexico.com)
Definitions of Waffled
- a batter cake with a pattern of deep indentations on each side, formed by the gridlike design on each of the two hinged parts of the metal appliance (waffle iron ) in which the cake is baked.
- waffling language.
- a crisp golden-brown pancake with deep indentations on both sides (as modifier)waffle iron
- vague and wordy speech or writing
- Also waffled. having a gridlike or indented lattice shape or design: a waffle pattern.
verb (used without object)
- to speak or write equivocally:
- to talk foolishly or without purpose; idle away time talking.
verb (used with object)
- to speak or write equivocally about:
- (intr often foll by on) to speak or write in a vague and wordy mannerhe waffled on for hours
- Speak or write at length in a vague or trivial manner.
- Fail to make up one's mind.
- Lengthy but vague or trivial talk or writing.
- A failure to make up one's mind.
- A small crisp batter cake, baked in a waffle iron and eaten hot with butter or syrup.
- Denoting a style of fine honeycomb weaving or a fabric woven to give a honeycomb effect.
- : a crisp cake of batter baked in a waffle iron
- : equivocate, vacillate waffled on the important issues also : yo-yo, flip-flop
- : to talk or write foolishly : blather can waffle … tiresomely off the point — The Times Literary Supplement (London)
- : empty or pretentious words : tripe
Example sentences for Waffled
- He waffled about the need for “real role models” when tackled about the lack of female MPs.
- Romney, on the other hand, has waffled a bit on the subject.
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