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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wod-l]
    • /ˈwɒd l/
    • /ˈwɒd.l̩/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wod-l]
    • /ˈwɒd l/

Definitions of waddle word

  • verb without object waddle to walk with short steps, swaying or rocking from side to side, as a duck. 1
  • verb without object waddle to move in any similar, slow, rocking manner; wobble: The ship waddled into port. 1
  • noun waddle an act or instance of waddling, especially a waddling gait. 1
  • noun waddle Walk with short steps and a clumsy swaying motion. 1
  • intransitive verb waddle duck: walk 1
  • intransitive verb waddle person: walk like a duck 1

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Origin of waddle

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English; see wade, -le; compare German watteln

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Parts of speech for Waddle


waddle popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 75% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

waddle usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for waddle

verb waddle

  • toddle — to move with short, unsteady steps, as a young child.
  • sway — to move or swing to and fro, as something fixed at one end or resting on a support.
  • shuffle — to walk without lifting the feet or with clumsy steps and a shambling gait.
  • wobble — to incline to one side and to the other alternately, as a wheel, top, or other rotating body when not properly balanced.
  • totter — to walk or go with faltering steps, as if from extreme weakness.

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