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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
waffle iron
▪ There was a lot of polite waffle about how well the Princess and her family were looking before anyone got to the point.
▪ I was making waffles and he thought I looked at him wrong.
▪ Now you can get pancakes, waffles and omelets with hash browns.
▪ The lady who got accidentally dosed while she was making waffles.
▪ This should prevent wandering and waffle in your answer.
▪ Unfortunately F and H's waffle had used up the allotted time.
▪ He didn't know what he was talking about - he was just waffling.
▪ Interviewers dislike candidates who just sit there and waffle instead of answering the questions.
▪ Boyd waffled and watched while the county got flushed down the fiscal toilet.
▪ Is not it time that he built the economy in a constructive way rather than just waffling about it?
▪ Must stop waffling on and finish chapter 19 of the great work!
▪ This is no time for waffling, hedging, or invoking executive privilege.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Waffle \Waffle\, n. [D. wafel. See Wafer.]

  1. A thin cake baked and then rolled; a wafer.

  2. A soft indented cake cooked in a waffle iron.

    Waffle iron, an iron utensil or mold made in two parts shutting together, -- used for cooking waffles over a fire.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"kind of batter-cake, baked crisp in irons and served hot," 1744, from Dutch wafel "waffle," from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German wafel, from Proto-Germanic *wabila- "web, honeycomb" (cognates: Old High German waba "honeycomb," German Wabe), related to Old High German weban, Old English wefan "to weave" (see weave (v.)). Sense of "honeycomb" is preserved in some combinations referring to a weave of cloth. Waffle iron is from 1794.


1690s, "to yelp, bark," frequentative of provincial waff "to yelp, to bark like a puppy" (1610); possibly of imitative origin. Figurative sense of "talk foolishly" (c.1700) led to that of "vacillate, equivocate" (1803), originally a Scottish and northern English usage. Late 17c. Scottish also had waff "act of waving," variant of waft, which might have influenced the sense. Related: Waffled; waffler; waffling.


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    n. (context uncountable English) Speech or writing that is vague, pretentious or evasive. vb. 1 (context of birds English) To move in a side-to-side motion and descend (lose altitude) before landing. confer#Latin ''wiffle'', ''whiffle''. 2 To speak or write vaguely and evasively. 3 To speak or write at length without any clear point or aim. 4 To vacillate. 5 (context transitive English) To rotate (one's hand) back and forth in a gesture of vacillation or ambivalence.


v. pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness; "Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures" [syn: hesitate, waver]


n. pancake batter baked in a waffle iron


A waffle is a leavened batter or dough cooked between two plates, patterned to give a characteristic size, shape and surface impression. There are many variations based on the type of waffle iron and recipe used. Waffles are eaten throughout the world, particularly in Belgium, which has over a dozen regional varieties.

Waffle (disambiguation)

A waffle is a batter- or dough-based cake cooked in a waffle iron.

Waffle(s) may also refer to:

Waffle (speech)

Waffle is language without meaning; blathering, babbling, droning. One might waffle throughout an essay or a presentation, when not having enough material, or needing to fill in time. The term was derived from waff, a 17th-century onomatopoeia for the sound a barking dog makes, similar to the modern woof - the inference being that waffle words have about as much meaning as the noise made by a dog barking.

The term "to waffle", particularly in the U.S., can also denote indecision about particular subjects; "waffling" can also mean changing one's mind frequently on a topic. Example: "Craig always waffles when he's speaking to Genevieve on the telephone". To which Genevieve usually replies "Come on Craig, come out with it!". In can be used as a derogatory term; to describe, for instance, a candidate or politician who is considered to easily switch sides on issues to curry political favor (i.e. "flip-flop"), as an easily flipped breakfast food with the same name - hence the waffle famously used to represent President Bill Clinton in the Doonesbury comic strip.

Waffle (BBS software)

Waffle is a bulletin-board system created by Tom Dell which ran under DOS and later UNIX. The software was unique in many ways, including the fact that all of the configuration files were in readable text files, and that it fully supported UUCP on the DOS platform.

A Usenet news group named comp.bbs.waffle was created for discussion of the Waffle BBS System. The last version seems to be v1.65.

It was possible to link Waffle (under DOS) to Fidonet and WWIV using external gateway utilities.

Waffle (song)

"Waffle" is a 1999 single by musical act Sevendust from their second album Home. A shot of the video is seen in the film Down to Earth.

Two different versions of the song exist. One is the version that's on the album, while the other, mixed by Tom Lord-Alge, is the one used as the single. The only truly noticeable difference between the two versions is that the Tom Lord-Alge mix has a smoother drum track and a larger more clean sound with the guitars turned up louder in the mix and more reverb on the vocals . The Tom Lord-Alge mix is the one used on Best of (Chapter One 1997-2004). "Waffle" peaked on the Billboard Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock Tracks at #23 and #33, respectively.

Waffle (game show)

Waffle is a British game show that aired on ITV from 24 March to 18 June 1998. It was hosted by Nick Weir and was Weir's first national game show.

The guests in the first episode were Lisa Riley, then-host of fellow Granada-produced show You've Been Framed!, and Jonathan Kerrigan from Casualty. Other contestants over the run of the series included Claudia Winkleman, Michael Willson (A.K.A. Cobra) from Gladiators and actor Kevin Lloyd from The Bill who died in 1998 whilst both shows were still running. He was a contestant in several episodes. Cheryl Andrews and comedian John Martin also appeared as contestants.

Usage examples of "waffle".

You can waffle around trying to solve all the rest of the problems in the world and still not end up achieving your real objectives.

Inside was a wonderful array of chilled cannolis, plain and chocolate, anisette and almond, hard waffled cones filled with sweet ricotta, stacked on silver trays like little cords of firewood.

Katya gave Anther a small plate with one waffle, a tablespoon of syrup drizzled over the top.

He followed Lena into the kitchen to catch Andi pouring the second batch of waffles in the iron.

He drank a gallon of hot black coffee while Toby cooked him up some boiled beefcakes and waffles, with blueberries on the side.

Simon knew that once Dee started on Enochian magic he could waffle on for hours.

Then he saw soldiers in brass who held platters containing steaming sirloin steaks and French-fried potatoes, which changed magically to sherbert, iced tea, and waffles with maple syrup.

But it wobbled, too, and waffled and sideslipped and spun and shuddered.

Everything else, starting at the top of his ski cap and working down through his red ski jacket, snug blue jeans and waffle stompers, was white and icy.

Waffle Houses were open twenty-four hours a day, so there were always vehicles in the lot.

Only they were big, round waffles, homemade, smelling of wheat fields and October wind.

Telegin, or Waffles, as I am sometimes called on account of my pock-marked face.

So she acted as if nothing were unusual as she popped waffles into the toaster, and as she buttered them and doused them with syrup from the maple crop Micah had produced the spring before, she chatted with the girls about school, about snow, about upcoming Ice Days.

All the way, over the waffle fields and hanks of french toast sprinkled with confectioner's sugar, over salt lake, pious plain, desert, more desert, mountain, valley, and then the coniferous ridges of the continent's edge, all the way from tundra to taiga.

All of the printed matter was boxed up and carried away along with video game consoles, televisions, DVD players, camcorders, coffeemakers, waffle irons, rice cookers, digital watches, most of the ship’s pharmaceutical supplies, and 125 personal flexipads along with thousands of data sticks containing games, books, movies, music, and pornography.