from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A light crisp battercake baked in a waffle iron.
- intransitive v. To speak or write evasively.
- transitive v. To speak, write, or act evasively about.
- n. Evasive or vague speech or writing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A flat pastry pressed with a grid pattern.
- n. A potato waffle, a savoury flat potato cake with the same kind of grid pattern.
- v. To smash.
- n. Speech or writing that is vague, pretentious or evasive.
- v. To move in a side-to-side motion and descend (lose altitude) before landing. Cf wiffle, whiffle.
- v. To speak or write vaguely and evasively.
- v. To speak or write at length without any clear point or aim.
- v. To vacillate.
- v. To rotate (one's hand) back and forth in a gesture of vacillation or ambivalence.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A thin cake baked and then rolled; a wafer.
- n. A soft indented cake cooked in a waffle iron.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A particular kind of batter cake baked in waffle-irons and served hot.
- To wave; fluctuate.
- To bark incessantly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. pancake batter baked in a waffle iron
- v. pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
Dutch wafel, from Middle Dutch wāfel.
Probably frequentative of obsolete waff, to yelp, probably of imitative origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The Dutch word wafel was adopted into English in the 1700s. The Dutch word, in turn, derives from the Middle Low German wāfel (modern German Waffel), which was borrowed into Middle English around 1377 as wafer, and which is also the source of the French gaufre. Wāfel, in turn, derives from the Old High German waba, wabo (modern German Wabe), meaning honeycomb and ultimately related to the word weave. The verb sense "to smash" derives from the manner in which waffle-batter is smashed into its shape between the two halves of a waffle iron, and the sense "to press a waffle pattern into" derives from the pattern the waffle-iron-halves impart. (Wiktionary)
From the Scots waffle, "to waver, to flutter", a variation of the Scots waff ("to flutter, to wave", related to wave), with the suffix -le added. Alternatively, perhaps derived from waff, an imitation of a dog's (unintelligible and thus meaningless) yelp (cf woof). Also note Old English wæflian ("to talk foolishly"). (Wiktionary)