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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wof-uh l]
    • /ˈwɒf əl/
    • /ˈwɒf.l̩/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wof-uh l]
    • /ˈwɒf əl/

Definitions of waffling word

  • verb without object waffling to talk foolishly or without purpose; idle away time talking. 1
  • verb with object waffling to speak or write equivocally about: to waffle a campaign promise. 1
  • noun waffling waffling language. 1
  • noun waffling A repetitive speech or response to a question. 1
  • verb waffling present participle of waffle (To ramble on without a point; to argue a point without substantial evidence or a clear opinion.). 0

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Origin of waffling

First appearance:

before 1890
One of the 20% newest English words
1890-95; orig. dial. (Scots, N England): to wave about, flutter, waver, be hesitant; probably waff + -le

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Parts of speech for Waffling


waffling popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 90% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 51% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

waffling usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for waffling

adjective waffling

  • palaverous — a conference or discussion.
  • yoyo — a spoollike toy consisting of two thick wooden, plastic, or metal disks connected by a dowel pin in the center to which a string is attached, one end being looped around the player's finger so that the toy can be spun out and reeled in by wrist motion.
  • betwixt and between — in an intermediate, indecisive, or middle position
  • circumlocutory — a roundabout or indirect way of speaking; the use of more words than necessary to express an idea.
  • astraddle — with a leg on either side of something

noun waffling

  • weasel word — a word used to temper the forthrightness of a statement; a word that makes one's views equivocal, misleading, or confusing.

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