• (British) IPA: /ˈwɒ.fl/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈwɑ.fl/, /ˈwɔ.fl/

waffle (plural waffles)

  1. (countable) A flat pastry pressed with a grid pattern.
    The brunch was waffles with strawberries and whipped cream.
  2. (countable, UK) A potato waffle, a savoury flat potato cake with the same kind of grid pattern.
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waffle (waffles, present participle waffling; past and past participle waffled)

  1. To smash.
    • 1997, Bill Conlin, Kevin Kerrane (editor), "Batting cleanup, Bill Conlin", page 121:
      These were not the Cowboys who were waffled, 45-14, here at mid-season. They came prepared to play a championship football game, with an ultra-conservative game plan suited to the horrendous turf conditions, and came close to pulling it off [...]
    • 2005, Shawn Michaels, with Aaron Feigenbaum, Heartbreak & Triumph: The Shawn Michaels Story, Page 47:
      Then I waffled him and knocked him down. Why I cut myself open with the razor, I'm not completely sure. I was like the idiot in a bar who gets all worked up and smashes a bottle over his head [...]
    • 2006, Gordon Forbes, Tales from the Eagles Sideline (updated edition), page 2:
      Bednarik, however, says the play became legendary only because of the circumstances. " I did it [...] to the top honcho. He just happened to be there and the pass was thrown to him. I waffled him cleanly." [...] "He just cold-cocked Frank," said linebacker Bob Pellegrini, whose injury sent Bednarik into the game to play defense.

waffle (uncountable)

  1. (uncountable) Speech or writing that is vague, pretentious or evasive.
    This interesting point seems to get lost a little within a lot of self-important waffle.
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waffle (waffles, present participle waffling; past and past participle waffled)

  1. (of birds) To move in a side-to-side motion and descend (lose altitude) before landing. confer#Latin|Cf wiffle, whiffle.
    The geese waffled as they approached the water.
  2. To speak or write vaguely and evasively.
  3. To speak or write at length without any clear point or aim.
    • 1976 Tony Hatch, So you want to be in the music business, Everest Books, p68
      Unless you have a great line in gags or repartee don't waffle on aimlessly to your audience, or make in-jokes among yourselves, the band or the compere/DJ.
    • 1984 "Apiary Antics- No.5," British bee journal, Volumes 112-113, p68
      Before getting down to the nitty gritty of beekeeping, most contributors to BBJ like to waffle on for a bit about the weather, the state of their garden or something equally inconsequential.
    • 2005 Bill Condon, No Worries, Univ. of Queensland Press, p78
      She waffled on for ages. Usually I'd say something smart or make it obvious that I wasn't interested and couldn't be bothered listening.
    • 2006 Carl Storm, A Mighty Fine Way to Live and Die, Backstrap Ltd, p8
      The whole thing ended suddenly when the hotel manager arrived. He waffled on for a bit; this settled everyone down.
  4. To vacillate.
  5. (transitive) To rotate (one's hand) back and forth in a gesture of vacillation or ambivalence.
    • 2007, Michael Koryta, Sorrow’s Anthem, Macmillan, ISBN 978-0-312-93660-0, page 146 ↗:
      “ […] You get anything useful on the background checks?” ¶ He waffled his hand. “Nothing like what you brought back, but still some interesting notes. […] ”
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