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waf·fle 1

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
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).
To speak, write, or act evasively about (something).
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.waffler - someone who speaks or writes in a vague and evasive manner
communicator - a person who communicates with others


[ˈwɒfləʳ] N (Brit) → charlatán/ana m/f, pico m de oro


n (Brit inf) → Schwätzer(in) m(f)
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