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waddle

Definitions

  • "SIR SOOTY HIMSELF ACTUALLY WADDLED INTO THE FARM-YARD"
    "SIR SOOTY HIMSELF ACTUALLY WADDLED INTO THE FARM-YARD"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v waddle walk unsteadily "small children toddle"
    • n waddle walking with short steps and the weight tilting from one foot to the other "ducks walk with a waddle"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Waddle To trample or tread down, as high grass, by walking through it.
    • v. i Waddle To walk with short steps, swaying the body from one side to the other, like a duck or very fat person; to move clumsily and totteringly along; to toddle; to stumble; as, a child waddles when he begins to walk; a goose waddles. "She drawls her words, and waddles in her pace."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • waddle To sway or rock from side to side in walking; move with short, quick steps, throwing the body from one side to the other; walk in a tottering or vacillating manner; toddle.
    • waddle Synonyms Waddle, Toddle. Waddling is a kind of ungainly walking produced by the great weight or natural clumsiness of the walker; toddling is the movement of a child in learning to walk.
    • waddle To tread down by wading or waddling through, as high grass.
    • n waddle The act of walking with a swaying or rocking motion from side to side; a clumsy, rocking gait, with short steps; a toddle.
    • waddle A dialectal form of wattle.
    • n waddle The wane of the moon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Waddle wod′l to take short steps and move from side to side in walking
    • n Waddle a clumsy, rocking gait
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Freq. of wade,; cf. AS. wædlian, to beg, from wadan, to go. See Wade

Usage

In literature:

This woman neither hobbled, nor waddled, nor tripped.
"Flint" by Maud Wilder Goodwin
Not long after arriving, he waddled away through the village in search of some piece of amusing mischief to do.
"Red Rooney" by R.M. Ballantyne
Moggy, too, waddled along after her own fashion, with a resolution and energy that said much for her strength and constitution.
"Ungava" by R.M. Ballantyne
Sally waddled thither and looked in.
"The Lonely Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
The alligator awoke and made for the water as fast as it could waddle.
"Martin Rattler" by R.M. Ballantyne
The six geese were waddling around a corner of the barn in single file.
"The Tale of Turkey Proudfoot" by Arthur Scott Bailey
The tail dragged me down in the rear and gave me a duck-waddle, but that only helped the resemblance.
"The Repairman" by Harry Harrison
Isaiah and Sennacherib went first, and Fuller waddled in their rear.
"Aunt Rachel" by David Christie Murray
As Jumbo waddled uptown beside him, Roberts arranged the details of his little plan.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
A brown bear of moderate size was waddling along toward them.
"The Hunters of the Ozark" by Edward S. Ellis
Tuttle waddled toward the pan, bat in hand.
"Rival Pitchers of Oakdale" by Morgan Scott
He started after her, but his progress in the diving suit was waddling and slow.
"Stairway to the Stars" by Larry Shaw
He was a patriarch now, with a lovely mate and a line of waddling offspring to claim his devotion.
"Mistress Anne" by Temple Bailey
In one place, a procession of women waddles along, wrapped in large shroud-like veils from head to foot.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19" by Various
Turtle came waddling up from the Wide Blue Water, to see what new thing was going on over at the Hollow Tree.
"Hollow Tree Nights and Days" by Albert Bigelow Paine
Several of the bears waddled over to one of the trees and pulled from its hollow a tiny pink bear, smaller than any of the others.
"The Lost Princess of Oz" by L. Frank Baum
Through the whole afternoon he snarled at Waddle; but Waddle sat silent, bending over the ledger.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
While Grace struggled with her rooster, a fat duck waddled past her.
"The Automobile Girls in the Berkshires" by Laura Dent Crane
Fat folk waddle before the wind, their racing elbows wing and wing.
"Chimney-Pot Papers" by Charles S. Brooks
He sighed and walked slowly out, down the empty halls where no human eye could see him waddling.
"Citadel" by Algirdas Jonas Budrys
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In poetry:

The bell now ceas'd as bell to ring,
Roused by the mother's twaddle;
But soon ensued a dreadful thing!—
The bell begins to waddle.
"The Walking Bell" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It waddles fast, though strange it seem;
The child, with trembling wonder,
Runs off, and flies, as in a dream;
The bell would draw him under.
"The Walking Bell" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
There was an Old Man of Kamschatka,
Who possessed a remarkable fat cur;
His gait and his waddle
Were held as a model
To all the fat dogs in Kamschatka.
"Limerick: There was an Old Man of Kamschatka" by Edward Lear
Little trotty wagtail, you nimble all about,
And in the dimpling water-pudge you waddle in and out;
Your home is nigh at hand, and in the warm pig-stye,
So, little Master Wagtail, I'll bid you a good-bye.
"Little Trotty Wagtail" by John Clare
Little trotty wagtail, he waddled in the mud,
And left his little footmarks, trample where he would.
He waddled in the water-pudge, and waggle went his tail,
And chirrupt up his wings to dry upon the garden rail.
"Little Trotty Wagtail" by John Clare
Waddle and friend, and daughter sat,
Sometimes in silence, sometimes chat.
He held harangue, and held his tea;
Blam'd naughty girls who disobey.
Whether his views and hers were one,
We'll not determine, but go on.
"A Tour To Scotland" by William Hutton

In news:

Former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood joined " Waddle & Silvy" in studio to talk about retirement and more.
Tom Waddle, Jim Harbaugh and the missing Rolex.
Waddle on Bears' win.
Lane & Waddle announce forthcoming marriage.
Emily Lane and Tyler Waddle of Somerset, Ky.
Waddle on Urlacher's return.
XD; Byron Scott Loomis and Staci Lynn Waddle .
Stacie Lynn Waddle of Merino and Byron Scott Loomis of Merino announce their engagement and upcoming wedding.
The bride-to-be is a 2001 graduate of Sterling High School and the daughter of Doug and Jennifer Waddle .
Dennis Edward Waddle Aug 16, 1952.
Dennis Edward "Delta Denny" Waddle was born on Aug 16, 1952 in Chicago, Ill.
He was the son of Edgar Waddle and Edna "Skurat" Parker.
Former Chicago Blackhawks star Jeremy Roenick talks to Waddle & Silvy about the importance of making the Hall of Fame and getting his number retired by the Blackhawks.
Majerus handed $20 to Buchanan, and the coach in the white sweater soon waddled away to consume his prize.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler talks to Waddle and Silvy about his contract status.
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