First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English waggen, from Old Norse vaga “to sway,” or from vagga “cradle” (Source: dictionary.com)
Middle English (as a verb): from the Germanic base of Old English wagian ‘to sway’. (Source: lexico.com)
Mid 16th century (denoting a young man or mischievous boy, also used as a term of endearment to an infant): probably from obsolete waghalter ‘person likely to be hanged’ (see wag, halter). (Source: lexico.com)
Early 21st century from the acronym WAGs ‘wives and girlfriends’. (Source: lexico.com)
From West Africa Gambia. (Source: lexico.com)
Definitions of Wagging
verb (used with object)
to move from side to side, forward and backward, or up and down, especially rapidly and repeatedly:
to move (the tongue), as in idle or indiscreet chatter.
to shake (a finger) at someone, as in reproach.
to move or nod (the head).
verb (used without object)
to be moved from side to side or one way and the other, especially rapidly and repeatedly, as the head or the tail.
to move constantly, especially in idle or indiscreet chatter:
to get along; travel; proceed:
to totter or sway.
British Slang. to play truant; play hooky.
the act of wagging:
a person given to droll, roguish, or mischievous humor; wit.
the act or an instance of wagging
a humorous or jocular person; wit
informal the wife or girlfriend of a famous sportsman
to move or cause to move rapidly and repeatedly from side to side or up and down
to move (the tongue) or (of the tongue) to be moved rapidly in talking, esp in idle gossip
to move (the finger) or (of the finger) to be moved from side to side, in or as in admonition
slang to play truant (esp in the phrase wag it)
(West Africa) Gambia (international car registration)
(especially with reference to an animal's tail) move or cause to move rapidly to and fro.
Play truant from (school).
A single rapid movement from side to side.
A person who makes jokes; a joker.
A person who plays truant.
A wife or girlfriend of a sports player, typically characterized as having a high media profile and a glamorous lifestyle.
Gambia (international vehicle registration).
: to be in motion : stir
: to move to and fro or up and down especially with quick jerky motions
: to move in chatter or gossip scandal caused tongues to wag
: to swing to and fro or up and down especially with quick jerky motions : switch a dog wagging its tail specifically : to nod (the head) or shake (a finger) at (as in assent or mild reproof)
: to move (the tongue) animatedly in conversation
: an act of wagging : shake
: wit, joker
: a young man : chap
Example sentences for Wagging
“It is not fair to the horses that have been running their guts out,” Coburn said, wagging a finger.
Catton never shows, she tells, wagging on in the most officious way.
Tongues were wagging when Miley Cyrus released the R-rated video for her song “Wrecking Ball.”
“Matters of state are not decided on the street,” he declares, wagging a finger demonstratively.
What the tongues are wagging about at the end of Miami Art Basel.
"Your post will be long in going," he said, wagging his head.
They had pretended to divide him down the middle, so each one might have part of the wagging tail, and part of the barking head.
Under the wagon Stanley, the setter, walked slowly, wagging his tail in placid contentment and ruminating upon his experiences.
To those whiche aske where aboutes the stable standes, he pointes vnto it with the wagging of his hand.
This bird has a nervous behavior similar to that of other fantails and is constantly "wagging its long tail."