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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wag]
    • /wæg/
    • /wæɡ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wag]
    • /wæg/

Definitions of wag word

  • verb with object wag to move from side to side, forward and backward, or up and down, especially rapidly and repeatedly: a dog wagging its tail. 1
  • verb with object wag to move (the tongue), as in idle or indiscreet chatter. 1
  • verb with object wag to shake (a finger) at someone, as in reproach. 1
  • verb with object wag to move or nod (the head). 1
  • verb without object wag to be moved from side to side or one way and the other, especially rapidly and repeatedly, as the head or the tail. 1
  • verb without object wag to move constantly, especially in idle or indiscreet chatter: Her behavior caused local tongues to wag. 1

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Origin of wag

First appearance:

before 1175
One of the 8% oldest English words
1175-1225; Middle English waggen < Old Norse vaga to sway, or vagga cradle

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Wag


wag popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

wag usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for wag

noun wag

  • wiggle — to move or go with short, quick, irregular movements from side to side: The puppies wiggled with delight.
  • waggle — to wobble or shake, especially while in motion: The ball waggled slowly to a stop. The leaves of the tree waggled in the wind.
  • shake — to move or sway with short, quick, irregular vibratory movements.
  • twitch — to tug or pull at with a quick, short movement; pluck: She twitched him by the sleeve.
  • wave — a member of the Waves.

verb wag

  • flap — to swing or sway back and forth loosely, especially with noise: A loose shutter flapped outside the window.
  • beat — If you beat someone or something, you hit them very hard.
  • bob — If something bobs, it moves up and down, like something does when it is floating on water.
  • flutter — to wave, flap, or toss about: Banners fluttered in the breeze.
  • lash — an ocean-going vessel equipped with special cranes and holds for lifting and stowing cargo-carrying barges that can be sailed up inland waterways or into port facilities from offshore.

Antonyms for wag

verb wag

  • calm — A calm person does not show or feel any worry, anger, or excitement.
  • leave alone — separate, apart, or isolated from others: I want to be alone.
  • stay — (of a ship) to change to the other tack.

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