waffle

waffle – [ wof-uh l ] – / ˌwɒf əl / – Noun

  • 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.

Adjective

  • Also waf·fled. having a gridlike or indented lattice shape or design: a waffle pattern.

WORDS RELATED TO WAFFLE
vacillate, flip-flop, equivocate, change, yo-yo

ORIGIN OF WAFFLE
First recorded in 1735–45, waffle is from the Dutch word wafel

waffle – [ wof-uh l ] – / ˌwɒf əl / – Verb

Verb (used without object), waf·fled, waf·fling.

  • to speak or write equivocally: to waffle on an important issue.

Verb (used with object), waf·fled, waf·fling.

  • to speak or write equivocally about: to waffle a campaign promise.

Noun

waffling language.

ORIGIN OF WAFFLE
1890–95; orig. dial. (Scots, N England): to wave about, flutter, waver, be hesitant; probably waff + -le

OTHER WORDS FROM WAFFLE

  • waf·fler, noun
  • waf·fling·ly, adverb
  • waf·fly, adjective

Verb (used without object), waf·fled, waf·fling. British.

  • to talk foolishly or without purpose; idle away time talking.

ORIGIN OF WAFFLE
1695–1705; orig. dial. (N England); apparently waff to bark, yelp (imitative) + -le

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WAFFLE

  • Cook waffles in waffle maker, sprinkle chocolate chips and drizzle chocolate sauce.
  • I look at that—I would have some kind of crazy Belgian waffle.
  • In Touch says Kim is closer to 200 pounds but that her foods of choice are “waffle cones and fries.”
  • I make an exception for waffle irons and similar things that do an important, but infrequent job.
  • The episode involving Waffle House CEO Joe Rogers Jr., would at first blush seem to highlight a double standard.
  • Shut the iron closely, and when the waffle is done on one side, turn the iron on the other.
  • Meanwhile, Toria had picked up on the road a waffle iron with long arms.
  • Let us have a waffle party and introduce some of the men to more intimate acquaintance with the mysteries of the cuisine.
  • It is next passed through roughened steel rollers that mark it off into ridges and depressions like a waffle.
  • He accepted a waffle from Mrs. Basine with exaggerated formality.
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