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Meaning of WAG

Pronunciation:  wag

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  causing to move repeatedly from side to side
  2. [n]  (informal) a witty amusing person who makes jokes
  3. [v]  move from side to side, as of fingers and tails; "The happy dog wagged his tail"

WAG is a 3 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: card, shake, waggle, waggle, wit
 See Also: agitation, humorist, humourist, jiggle, joggle, wiggle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
    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. --Shak.
          Every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and
          wag his head.                            --Jer. xviii.
    Note: Wag expresses specifically the motion of the head and
          body used in buffoonery, mirth, derision, sport, and
  2. \Wag\, v. i.
    1. To move one way and the other; to be shaken to and fro; to
             The resty sieve wagged ne'er the more. --Dryden.
    2. 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.''                               --Shak.
    3. To go; to depart; to pack oft. [R.]
             I will provoke him to 't, or let him wag. --Shak.
  3. \Wag\, n. [From {Wag}, v.]
    1. The act of wagging; a shake; as, a wag of the head.
    2. [Perhaps shortened from wag-halter a rogue.] A man full of
       sport and humor; a ludicrous fellow; a humorist; a wit; a
             We wink at wags when they offend.     --Dryden.
             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. --Addison.