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A turning of one's head to the right and left, signifying denial, disapproval, disbelief, doubt, or bewilderment.

head′shak′ing adj. & n.
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Noun1.headshaking - the act of turning your head left and right to signify denial or disbelief or bemusement; "I could tell from their headshakes that they didn't believe me"
movement, motility, motion, move - a change of position that does not entail a change of location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility"
References in classic literature ?
As to the prognostics and headshaking of his aunts and uncles, they had never produced the least effect on him, except to make him think that aunts and uncles were disagreeable society; he had heard them find fault in much the same way as long as he could remember.
There has been a lot of headshaking about the prorogation of the British Parliament.
Symptoms: Headshaking, a bad odor, and scratching are the usual initial symptoms.
Sun-Uk Lee, M.D., from the Seoul National University College of Medicine in South Korea, and colleagues compared headshaking nystagmus (HSN) in 35 patients with RSV-HSN to that recorded in randomly selected patients with compensated vestibular neuritis (VN), vestibular migraine (VM), and Meniere disease (MD).
Amid the suppressed chuckles and headshaking, Puyat adjourned the session.
[sup.1]In n = 2 patients, communication was not possible (only headshaking and movement of lips); in n = 1 patient, SCID had to be interrupted because the patient was too weak; n = 1 patient was deaf-mute; and n = 1 was patient mentally disabled.
His symptoms predominantly consisted of involuntary eye turning, headshaking, shrugging, and voice tics, which he had experienced for 2.5 years.
I imagine every generation has looked at young adults with some level of headshaking and disbelief.
NEW ZEALAND NEED TO ADAPT TO NORTHERN HEMISPHERE REFEREES THERE has been plenty of headshaking among home players in reaction to decisions made by French officials Pascal Gauzere and Mathieu Raynal in the last two matches.
It may be acute or chronic and unilateral or bilateral, clinically characterized by headshaking, foul smelling discharges, pain on palpation of ear and erythematic changes in ear canal.
shows his headshaking best - for a half 2Sturridge Daniel Sturridge and headshaking hit the news last week, after a disagreement between Jurgen Klopp and a journalist following the win at Bournemouth.
Spontaneous nystagmus (19% and, nystagmus provoked by horizontal headshaking (35%) [60]