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waf·fle 1

 (wŏf′əl)
n.
A light crisp cake made of batter and baked in a waffle iron.

[Dutch wafel, from Middle Dutch wāfel; see webh- in Indo-European roots.]

waf·fle 2

 (wŏf′əl) Informal
v. waf·fled, waf·fling, waf·fles
v.intr.
1. To be unable to make a decision; waver: He waffled over whether to ask for a raise.
2. To speak or write evasively: "The secretary waffled when she asked to see the dean" (Rita Mae Brown).
v.tr.
To speak, write, or act evasively about (something).
n.
Evasive or vague speech or writing.

[Probably frequentative of obsolete waff, to yelp, probably of imitative origin.]

waf′fler n.
waf′fling·ly adv.
waf′fly adj.

waffle

(ˈwɒfəl)
n
(Cookery)
a. a crisp golden-brown pancake with deep indentations on both sides
b. (as modifier): waffle iron.
[C19: from Dutch wafel (earlier wæfel), of Germanic origin; related to Old High German wabo honeycomb]

waffle

(ˈwɒfəl)
vb
(Linguistics) (often foll by: on) to speak or write in a vague and wordy manner: he waffled on for hours.
n
(Linguistics) vague and wordy speech or writing
[C19: of unknown origin]
ˈwaffler n
ˈwaffling adj, n
ˈwaffly adj

waf•fle1

(ˌwɒf əl)

n.
1. a batter cake baked in a hinged appliance (waf′fle i′ron) that forms a gridlike pattern on each side.
adj.
2. Also, waf′fled. having a gridlike or indented lattice shape or design.
[1735–45; < Dutch wafel]

waf•fle2

(ˈwɒf əl)

v. -fled, -fling,
n. v.i.
1. to speak or write equivocally: to waffle on fundamental issues.
v.t.
2. to speak or write equivocally about.
n.
3. waffling language.
[1890–95; orig. dial. (Scots, N England): to wave about, flutter, be hesitant; probably waff puff or blast of air + -le]
waf′fler, n.

waf•fle3

(ˈwɒf əl)

v.i. -fled, -fling.
to talk aimlessly or tiresomely; blather.
[1695–1705; appar. waff to bark, yelp (imitative) + -le]

waffle


Past participle: waffled
Gerund: waffling

Imperative
waffle
waffle
Present
I waffle
you waffle
he/she/it waffles
we waffle
you waffle
they waffle
Preterite
I waffled
you waffled
he/she/it waffled
we waffled
you waffled
they waffled
Present Continuous
I am waffling
you are waffling
he/she/it is waffling
we are waffling
you are waffling
they are waffling
Present Perfect
I have waffled
you have waffled
he/she/it has waffled
we have waffled
you have waffled
they have waffled
Past Continuous
I was waffling
you were waffling
he/she/it was waffling
we were waffling
you were waffling
they were waffling
Past Perfect
I had waffled
you had waffled
he/she/it had waffled
we had waffled
you had waffled
they had waffled
Future
I will waffle
you will waffle
he/she/it will waffle
we will waffle
you will waffle
they will waffle
Future Perfect
I will have waffled
you will have waffled
he/she/it will have waffled
we will have waffled
you will have waffled
they will have waffled
Future Continuous
I will be waffling
you will be waffling
he/she/it will be waffling
we will be waffling
you will be waffling
they will be waffling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been waffling
you have been waffling
he/she/it has been waffling
we have been waffling
you have been waffling
they have been waffling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been waffling
you will have been waffling
he/she/it will have been waffling
we will have been waffling
you will have been waffling
they will have been waffling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been waffling
you had been waffling
he/she/it had been waffling
we had been waffling
you had been waffling
they had been waffling
Conditional
I would waffle
you would waffle
he/she/it would waffle
we would waffle
you would waffle
they would waffle
Past Conditional
I would have waffled
you would have waffled
he/she/it would have waffled
we would have waffled
you would have waffled
they would have waffled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.waffle - pancake batter baked in a waffle ironwaffle - pancake batter baked in a waffle iron
cake - baked goods made from or based on a mixture of flour, sugar, eggs, and fat
Belgian waffle - thick sweet waffle often eaten with ice cream or fruit sauce
Verb1.waffle - pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness; "Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures"
boggle - hesitate when confronted with a problem, or when in doubt or fear
hover, linger - move to and fro; "The shy student lingered in the corner"
hover, oscillate, vacillate, vibrate - be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action; "He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement"
falter, waver - be unsure or weak; "Their enthusiasm is faltering"

waffle

verb
1. chatter, rabbit (on) (Brit. informal), babble, drivel, prattle, jabber, gabble, rattle on, verbalize, blather, witter on (informal), blether, run off at the mouth (slang), prate some guy on TV waffling about political correctness
2. waver, hesitate, falter, fluctuate, dither (chiefly Brit.), vacillate, seesaw, blow hot and cold (informal), be indecisive, hum and haw, be unable to decide, be irresolute, shillyshally (informal), be unable to make up your mind, swither (Scot.) He waffled on abortion and gay rights.
noun
1. prattle, nonsense, hot air (informal), twaddle, padding, prating, gibberish, jabber, verbiage, blather, wordiness, verbosity, prolixity, bunkum or buncombe (chiefly U.S.) I'm tired of his smug, sanctimonious waffle.

waffle

verb
Informal. To use evasive or deliberately vague language:
Informal: pussyfoot.
noun
Informal. The use or an instance of equivocal language:
Translations
فَطير رَقيق مُرَبَّع الشَّكْلهُرَاءيَهْذُرُ
tlachattlachy
vrøvlvrøvlevaffel
vaflo
lobavahvel
jaaritellajahkaillavohveli
blebetanjeblebetati
blaîrablaîur
たわごとを並べるとりとめのないおしゃべり
잡담잡담하다
blēņaskult tukšus salmusrunāt blēņastukša runavafele
oblátka
vafelj
nonsenssvamla
เรื่องไร้สาระพูดไร้สาระ
boş boş konuşmakgevelemekkalın gözlemesaçmazırva
chuyện dông dàinói dông dài

waffle

[ˈwɒfl]
A. N
1. (Culin) → gofre m
2. (= talk) → palabrería f; (in essay) → paja f
B. VI (also waffle on) → enrollarse; (in essay) → poner mucha paja
he waffles on endlessly about the state of the economyse enrolla como una persiana cuando habla sobre el estado de la economía
C. CPD waffle iron Nmolde m para hacer gofres

waffle

[ˈwɒfəl]
n
(= cake) → gaufre f
(= meaningless talk) → parlote f
viradoter
to waffle on about sth → radoter sur qchwaffle iron ngaufrier m

waffle

1
n (Cook) → Waffel f

waffle

2 (Brit inf)
nGeschwafel nt (inf)
vi (also waffle on)schwafeln (inf); I managed to waffle on somehowirgendwie habe ich was (daher)geschwafelt (inf)

waffle

[ˈwɒfl]
1. n (Culin) → cialda (fam) (talk) → chiacchiere fpl, ciance fpl
2. vi (fam) (also waffle on) → cianciare, chiacchierare; (in exam, essay) → chiacchierare molto e dire poco

waffle

(ˈwofl) verb
to talk on and on foolishly, pretending that one knows something which one does not. This lecturer will waffle on for hours.
noun
1 talk of this kind. His speech was pure waffle. He has no idea what he's talking about.

waffle2

(ˈwofəl) noun
a flat cake baked in a special appliance that leaves a pattern of squares on it. Waffles are usually eaten with ice cream, syrup or jam.

waffle

هُرَاء, يَهْذُرُ tlachat, tlachy vrøvl, vrøvle schwafeln, Unsinn αερολογία, αερολογώ hablar a tontas y a locas, hablar tonterías, palabrería jaaritella, jahkailla baratin, bavasser blebetanje, blebetati blaterare, stupidaggine たわごとを並べる, とりとめのないおしゃべり 잡담, 잡담하다 gewauwel, wauwelen tull, tulle absurd, pogadać besteira, falar caro, fazer lengalenga, parvoíce болтать попусту, вздор nonsens, svamla เรื่องไร้สาระ, พูดไร้สาระ gevelemek, saçma chuyện dông dài, nói dông dài 无聊话, 胡扯
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