Crossword clues for wag
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Wag \Wag\, v. i.
To move one way and the other; to be shaken to and fro; to vibrate.
The resty sieve wagged ne'er the more.
To be in action or motion; to move; to get along; to progress; to stir. [Colloq.]
``Thus we may see,'' quoth he, ``how the world wags.''
To go; to depart; to pack oft. [R.]
I will provoke him to 't, or let him wag.
Wag \Wag\, n. [From Wag, v.]
The act of wagging; a shake; as, a wag of the head.
[Perhaps shortened from wag-halter a rogue.] A man full of sport and humor; a ludicrous fellow; a humorist; a wit; a joker.
We wink at wags when they offend.
A counselor never pleaded without a piece of pack thread in his hand, which he used to twist about a finger all the while he was speaking; the wags used to call it the thread of his discourse.
Wag \Wag\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wagged; p. pr. & vb. n. Wagging.] [OE. waggen; probably of Scand. origin; cf. Sw. vagga to rock a cradle, vagga cradle, Icel. vagga, Dan. vugge; akin to AS. wagian to move, wag, wegan to bear, carry, G. & D. bewegen to move, and E. weigh. [root]136. See Weigh.] To move one way and the other with quick turns; to shake to and fro; to move vibratingly; to cause to vibrate, as a part of the body; as, to wag the head.
No discerner durst wag his tongue in censure.
Every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and
wag his head.
--Jer. xviii. 16.
Note: Wag expresses specifically the motion of the head and body used in buffoonery, mirth, derision, sport, and mockery.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"act of wagging," 1580s, from wag (v.).
early 13c. (intransitive), "waver, vacillate, lack steadfastness," probably from a Scandinavian source (compare Old Norse vagga "a cradle," Danish vugge "rock a cradle," Old Swedish wagga "fluctuate, rock" a cradle), and in part from Old English wagian "move backwards and forwards;" all from Proto-Germanic *wag- (cognates: Old High German weggen, Gothic wagjan "to wag"), probably from PIE root *wegh- "to move about" (see weigh).\n
\nTransitive meaning "move (something) back and forth or up and down" is from c.1300; of dogs and their tails from mid-15c.: "and whanne they [hounds] see the hure maystre they wol make him cheere and wagge hur tayles upon him." [Edward, Duke of York, "The Master of Game," 1456]. Related: Wagged; wagging. Wag-at-the-wall (1825) was an old name for a hanging clock with pendulum and weights exposed.
n. 1 (context business or military slang US English) A wild-assed guess; a rough estimate. 2 A wife or girlfriend of a sports star or other celebrity, originally and especially of an association football player.
Wag is a traditional highland district in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia, in the approximate location of the modern Wag Hemra Zone. Weld Blundell described the district as bounded on the south by the mountains of Lasta, on the east and north by the Tellare River, and the west by the Tekezé. The major urban center is the town of Sokota, which has been a major marketplace for centuries.
James Bruce states that Wag was given to the heirs of the deposed Zagwe dynasty, when the Solomonic dynasty was restored to the throne of Ethiopia in 1270. The head of the fallen Zagwe family accepted the district as well as the title of Wagshum as part of the settlement for their loss. However, the province is mentioned for the first time only in the 14th century.
Wag is a highland district in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.
Wag or WAG may also refer to:
Usage examples of "wag".
Mina Gelmann wagged an admonitory finger in the direction of the bobbing blue ellipse.
Trader had discovered the war wags hidden deep in the heart of the Apps, way north and east.
I once saw her gallop down a steep hill in the Arboretum to escape a dog, a German shepherd puppy that had trotted up to her, its tail wagging, for a head pat.
Wags thought so too as the dog avidly sniffed around the base of the stalls.
Tail wagging, he ushered me into the sitting room, where he and Bev were watching TV.
Every minute the king passed her sofa, Biche raised her beautiful head and greeted her royal friend with an intelligent and friendly glance and a gentle wagging of her tail, and this salutation was returned each time by Frederick before he passed on.
To his surprise, Bock recognized him as a friend and wagged his tail slightly, but still continued to growl.
My intended adores you, but you did wisely not to accept his invitation, for you would have found everything so poor, and besides tongues might have been set wagging to my disadvantage.
Brer Tarrypin, he flapped he foots, en wagged he head, en shuck he tail, but all dis aint do no good.
The windows on the Dovetail side of the gatehouse were larger, and she could see the two corgi dogs outside, peering in through the lead latticework, flabbergasted that they had, through some enormous lacuna in procedure, been left on the outside, wagging their tails somewhat uncertainly, as if, in a world that allowed such mistakes, nothing could be counted on.
A curly-haired dog which had been spending the night on a dry dunghill now rose in lazy fashion and, wagging its tail, walked slowly across the courtyard.
Run, laddie, and dinna be standing there wagging your fule tongue for naething.
He begged me to help Auld Jock, and what did I do but let my fule tongue wag about doctors.
Away from the wagging tongues and gossip hounds of Shira and surrounding villages, perhaps Gena would know peace.
Freke and Gere immediately shrank back, wagging their pom-poms furiously.