Waffling

/ˈwɒf(ə)l/

Origin

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 Waffling

Waffling

noun

  1. 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.
  2. waffling language.
  3. a crisp golden-brown pancake with deep indentations on both sides (as modifier)waffle iron
  4. vague and wordy speech or writing

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Waffling

adjective

  1. Also waffled. having a gridlike or indented lattice shape or design: a waffle pattern.

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Waffling

verb (used without object)

  1. to speak or write equivocally:
  2. to talk foolishly or without purpose; idle away time talking.

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Waffling

verb (used with object)

  1. to speak or write equivocally about:

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Waffling

verb

  1. (intr often foll by on) to speak or write in a vague and wordy mannerhe waffled on for hours

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Waffling

verb

  1. Speak or write at length in a vague or trivial manner.
  2. Fail to make up one's mind.

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Waffling

noun

  1. Lengthy but vague or trivial talk or writing.
  2. A failure to make up one's mind.
  3. A small crisp batter cake, baked in a waffle iron and eaten hot with butter or syrup.

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Waffling

adjective

  1. Denoting a style of fine honeycomb weaving or a fabric woven to give a honeycomb effect.

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Waffling

noun (1)

  1. : a crisp cake of batter baked in a waffle iron

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Waffling

verb

  1. : equivocate, vacillate waffled on the important issues also : yo-yo, flip-flop
  2. : to talk or write foolishly : blather can waffle … tiresomely off the point — The Times Literary Supplement (London)

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Waffling

noun (2)

  1. : empty or pretentious words : tripe

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Example sentences for Waffling

  1. His waffling on apologizing to Korean women who were sex workers in wartime Japan has enraged many.
  2. What did it mean that one of our greatest oracles was waffling?
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