Dictionary: WAG – WAH


• WAG
n. 1. a mischievous boy; often used as a mother’s term of endearment to a baby boy; also, a youth, a young man; a fellow …a1553 obs.
n. 2. a buffoon; a jester; a habitual joker; a merry droll; anyone ludicrously mischievous …1584
n. 3. a term of contempt for a fellow …1792 Sc. obs.
n. 4. a shake; a waving motion; a signal made by the hand …1838 Sc.
n. 5. a vagrant …L19 Aust. & US sl.
n. 6. anyone without firm opinions, a yes-man …L19 sl.
n. 7. a dragonfly of the genus Tetragoneuria …1929 Amer. dial.
n. 8. a truant …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 9. a clock …20C Irish sl.
n. 10. the penis, esp. that of a child …20C US
n. 11. a cow’s tail …1912 Sc.
n. 12. a social outcast, esp. a non-surfer …1991 US sl.
vb. 1. to stir, to move; to move one’s limbs …a1225
vb. 2. to move about from place to place to place; also, to drift in water …c1325 obs.
vb. 3. to totter, to stagger; to be in danger of falling …c1340 obs.
vb. 4. to nudge …1377 obs.
vb. 5. of a boat or ship: to rock …1377
vb. 6. to waver, to vacillate …1387 obs.
vb. 7. of leaves, reeds, etc.: to waver, to shake …1398 obs.
vb. 8. to move, to budge from a place …c1400 obs.
vb. 9. to dangle on the gallows, to be hanged …c1430 obs.
vb. 10. to flap the wings …1496 obs.
vb. 11. to ‘get on’; to associate with …c1560 obs.
vb. 12. to wink repeatedly, to bat the eyes …1574 obs.
vb. 13. to go, to depart, to be off …1594 now colloq.
vb. 14. to sway the body about …1665 obs.
vb. 15. to travel or make one’s way …1684
vb. 16. to leave, to walk slowly …L17 sl.
vb. 17. of a woman: to act in a promiscuous manner; to be a prostitute …L17 sl.
vb. 18. to wave; to shake …1790 Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. 19. to procrastinate; to find it hard to make any decisions …19C African-American sl.
vb. 20. to play truant …1848 sl.
vb. 21. to beckon; to make a signal with the hand or head …1870 Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. 22. to stagger along, esp.  under a heavy load …1899 Amer. dial.
vb. 23. to carry or transport with difficulty; to lug, to tote, to haul …1931 Amer. dial.

• WAGABONE
n. a lazy but inoffensive young man …M19 sl.

• WAGALONG
n. a tagalong; someone who follows along behind others …1965 Amer. dial.

• WAGAND
n. a vagrant …1614 obs.

• WAG-AT-THE WALL
n. a hanging clock with pendulum and weights exposed …1825 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.

• WAG-BY-THE-WALL
n. a hanging clock with pendulum and weights exposed …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• WAGE
n. 1. a pledge or security …1338 obs.
n. 2. a challenge or engagement to fight …c1400 obs.
n. 3. a payment for the use or possession of property …1447 obs. rare
n. 4. the act of shaking in a threatening manner …1866 Sc.
vb. 1. to deposit or give as a pledge or security …c1320 obs.
vb. 2. to engage or employ for wages; to hire …c1330 obs.
vb. 3. to pay wages to …1393 now rare or obs.
vb. 4. to bribe …1461 obs.
vb. 5. to stake, to wager, to bet; to agree to forfeit in some contingency …1483 obs. exc. Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. 6. to put out to hire …1590 obs. rare
vb. 7. to struggle, to contend against; to struggle through difficulties, to contend in rivalry …1605 obs.
vb. 8. to shake one’s fist in a threatening manner …1808 Sc.
vb. 9. to wield a weapon, etc. …1836 rare

• WAGEABLE
adj. that may be hired for military service, mercenary …1614 obs.

• WAGED
adj. 1. of soldiers: mercenary …c1440 obs.
adj. 2. bribed …1561 obs.

• WAGELING
n. a hireling …a1547 obs. rare

• WAGEOF BATTLE
n. a challenge or engagement to fight …1523 obs.

• WAGE ON
vb. to urge on …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• WAGER
n. 1. a solemn pledge or undertaking …1306 obs.
n. 2. a mercenary soldier …1375 Sc. obs.

• WAGES
n. any form of illicit earnings …1920s sl.

• WAGES-FELLOW
n. one who receives wages; used contemptuously …1641 obs.

• WAGE SLAVE
n. anyone reliant on the income generated by regular employment …1964 UK sl.

• WAGES-MAN
n. a man who works for wages …1888 Aust.

• WAG-FEATHER
n. a silly swaggerer; a swaggering coxcomb …1611 obs.

• WAGGA
n. a vagrant’s improvised covering, esp. of sacking …1900 Aust. sl.

• WAGGA BLANKET
n. a vagrant’s improvised covering, esp. of sacking …1900 Aust. sl.

• WAGGA RUG
n. a vagrant’s improvised covering, esp. of sacking …1900 Aust. sl.

• WAGGA-WAGGA
adj. plentiful, abundant …1990s W. Indies sl.

• WAGGED OUT
adj. tired out, worn out …1875 Amer. dial.

• WAGGER
n. 1. one who agitates or stirs …1387 obs.
n. 2. a truant …L19 sl.
n. 3. a waste-paper basket …1903 sl., orig. Oxford University usage
n. 4. a cheap wooden hanging clock …Bk1905 Eng. dial. obs.
vb. 1. to wander, to have no settled abode …c1380 obs.
vb. 2. to stagger, to totter …1382 obs.

• WAGGER-PAGGER
n. a waste-paper basket …1903 sl., orig. Oxford University usage

• WAGGER-PAGGER-BAGGER
n. a waste-paper basket …1903 sl., orig. Oxford University usage

• WAGGERS
n. the divining-rod …1747 obs.

• WAGGERY
n. 1. mischievous drollery, practical joking; jocularity …1594
n. 2. a piece of mischievous jesting; a practical joke …1604

• WAGGIE
n. 1. a nickname for a liar …1921 Sc.
n. 2. the devil, Satan …1921 Sc.

• WAGGISH
adj. 1. done or made in a spirit of waggery or mischievous fun; prankish …1589
adj. 2. playfully mischievous …1590
adj. 3. wanton, loose …1607 obs.

• WAGGISHNESS
n. 1. wantonness, licentiousness …1591 obs.
n. 2. sportive mischief; jocularity of speech or behaviour …1625

• WAGGITY
n. a hanging clock having the pendulum and weights uncovered …1895 Sc.

• WAGGITY-WA
n. a hanging clock having the pendulum and weights uncovered …1876 Sc.

• WAGGLE
adj. shaky, loose …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
adv. with motion from side to side …Bk1905 Sc.
n. 1. a marsh, a bog, a pool …1762 Sc.
n. 2. the act of shaking; motion from side to side …Bk1905 Sc.
vb. 1. to indicate by wagging the head …1852
vb. 2. to waddle; to stagger along unsteadily …1865 Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. 3. to get the better of; to overcome, to surpass …L19 US sl.
vb. 4. in pool: to make practice shots before actually hitting the cue ball …1993 US sl.

• WAGGLE-WAGGLE
adv. with motion from side to side …Bk1905 Sc.

• WAGGLY
adj. unsteady …Bk1905 Sc. & Eng. dial.
adv. unsteadily …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• WAGGON
n. a cigarette …1900s S. Afr. sl.

• WAGGONER
n. a depreciatory name for a racehorse …1859

• WAGGON LAY
n. waiting in the street to waylay and rob wagons …18C UK criminals’ sl.

• WAGGY
adj. tired out, worn out …1875 Amer. dial.

• WAGHALTER
n. one who is likely to swing in a halter; a ‘gallows-bird’ …1570 obs.

• WAG HANDS
vb. to shake hands …1900 Eng. dial.

• WAG HEMP IN THE WIND
vb. to be hanged …M16 sl.

• WAGHORN
n. the devil …1870 Sc.

• WAGING
n. the excrement of a fox …c1410 obs. rare

• WAG-IN-THE-WALL
n. a hanging clock with pendulum and weights exposed …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• WAG IT
vb. to play truant …1841 sl.

• WAG-LEG
n. a gadfly …1585 obs.

• WAGLING
n. a little wag or mischievous person …1837 nonce word

• WAGMIRE
n. a quagmire …1777 Eng. dial. obs.

• WAGMOIRE
n. a quagmire …1579 obs.

• WAG OF AIR
n. a breath of air; a slight wind …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• WAG OFF
vb. 1. to leave, to walk slowly …L17 sl.
vb. 2. to play truant …M19 Aust. & NZ sl.

• WAG OF THE FIST
n. a shake of the hand …1899 Eng. dial.

• WAG OF THE HAND
n. a shake of the hand …1899 Eng. dial.

• WAG OF THE PEN
n. a scrap of writing …Bk1905 Sc.

• WAGON
n. 1. a baby-carriage …1847 US
n. 2. a police patrol wagon …L19 US sl.
n. 3. an ambulance …20C sl.
n. 4. an automobile …20C sl.
n. 5. a ship …Bk1913-17 Amer. navy sl.
n. 6. (derogatory) a woman …1920s Irish & US sl.
n. 7. a prostitute …1920s Irish & US sl.
n. 8. a revolver …1930s US criminals’ sl.
n. 9. an old, worn-out, beat-up car …1959 US sl.
n. 10. abstention from drug use …1997 UK sl.
n. 11. a pushy woman, or one capable of invective …2003 Ireland sl.

• WAGON-AND-HORSES
n. the constellation of the Great Bear, Ursa major …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• WAGON BURNER
n. an American Indian …1995 Amer. dial., derogatory and offensive

• WAGON-CHASING
adj. of a lawyer: pursuing the police wagon in the hope of picking up otherwise unrepresented cases; unscrupulous, inclined to solicit business from those in trouble with the law …1953 sl.

• WAGONER
n. the head among a farmer’s yearly servants; a carter; a head ploughman …1796 Eng. dial.

• WAG ONE’S BOTTOM
vb. to solicit for a sexual act; to be a prostitute …19C Brit. sl.

• WAG ONE’S CHIN
vb. to talk, to gossip, to complain …E18 sl.

• WAG ONE’S CHOPS
vb. to talk, to gossip, to complain …E18 sl.

• WAG ONE’S JAW
vb. to talk, to gossip, to complain …E18 sl.

• WAG ONE’S PAW
vb. to shake hands …1874 Eng. dial.

• WAG ONE’S TAIL
vb. of a woman: to act in a promiscuous manner; to be a prostitute …L17 sl.

• WAG ONE’S TONGUE
vb. to talk, to gossip, to complain …E18 sl.

• WAG ONE’S YAP
vb. to talk too much, or too loud …1965 Amer. dial.

• WAGON GREASE
n. the distance travelled between two greasings of a wagon’s wheels – used as an indefinite measure of distance …1944 Amer. dial.

• WAGON GREASING
n. the distance travelled between two greasings of a wagon’s wheels – used as an indefinite measure of distance …1944 Amer. dial.

• WAGON-HUNTER
n. an agent of a brothel-keeper who for base purposes visited the inns at which the stage-wagons stopped …c1766 cant obs.

• WAGONING
n. coach-driving …M19 sl.

• WAGONISH
adj. slow …L19 US sl.

• WAGON-LIT
n. a sleeping coach on a Continental train …1884

• WAGONS HO!
int. used as a humorous signal that a venture is about to begin …1994 sl.

• WAGON-SPOTTER
n. a trainspotter who specialises in ‘collecting’ freight wagons …2003 UK sl.

• WAGON THROUGH
vb. to struggle through …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• WAGON WHEEL
n. 1. a silver dollar; a dollar …1909 Amer. dial.
n. 2. a cartwheel, handspring or somersault …1926 Amer. dial.

• A WAG O THE PEN
n. the least scrap of writing; a brief letter …1888 Sc.

• WAG-PASTY
n. a mischievous rogue; a rascal, an urchin; a term of contempt …a1553 obs.

• WAG-POW
n. a head-shaker, one who disapproves by shaking his head …1926 Sc.

• WAGS
n. tricks; mischievous behaviour …1835 Sc.

• WAGSHIP
n. waggery, waggishness,  mischief, practical joking …1607 obs.

• WAGSOME
adj. addicted to waggery; mischievous …1869 nonce word

• WAG-STRING
n. one who is likely to swing in a halter; a ‘gallows-bird’ …1578 obs.

• WAGTAIL
n. 1. a term of contempt for a profligate or inconstant woman; hence, a wanton woman, a prostitute, a harlot, a courtesan …1592 obs.
n. 2. a familiar or contemptuous epithet or form of address applied to a man or young woman …1605 obs.
vb. to flutter …1606 obs.

• WAGTAILED
adj. promiscuous, wanton …1656 obs. rare

• WAG-TAWSE
n. a schoolmaster …1859 Sc. jocular usage

• WAG THE BELLS
vb. to set the bells ringing or tolling …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• WAG-TONGUE
n. a malicious chatterer …1902

• WAG-WANTON
n. a wanton …1601 obs.

• WAG WIENIE
vb. to commit indecent exposure of the male masturbatory variety …1984 US sl.

• WAG-WIT
n. a witty jesting fellow …1786 Sc.

• WAG-WITH
n. one who is likely to swing in a halter; a ‘gallows-bird’  …1611 obs.

• WAG-WITS
n. a waggish person; a witty, jesting fellow …1787 Sc.

• WAGWON
phr. ? what’s going on? …2003 UK sl.

• WAG YOUR WIENIE
vb. to commit indecent exposure of the male masturbatory variety …1984 US sl.

• WAH
n. a panda …1858

• WAHEENIE
n. a female; specifically a woman; a wife …1919 Hawaii usage

• WAHEY!
int. used for registering a feeling of exuberance …2003 UK sl.

• WAHINE
n. a female; specifically a woman; a wife …1833 Hawaii usage

• WAHINI
n. 1. a female; specifically a woman; a wife …1833 Hawaii usage
n. 2. a female surfer …1963 US sl.

• WAHOO
n. 1. a rustic or countrified person; a dull and stupid person …1882 Amer. dial.
n. 2. nonsense …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• WAHPUS
n. a mouth; used contemptuously …1874 Eng. dial.


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