Definition of

Wag

  1. (noun, person) a witty amusing person who makes jokes
  2. (noun, act) causing to move repeatedly from side to side
  3. (verb, motion) move from side to side

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Synonyms of Wag

card, shake, waggle, wit

Alternate forms of Wag

Derivations: wag

Hypernyms: agitation, humorist, humourist, jiggle, joggle, wiggle

Origin of the word Wag

  1. early 13c., probably from a Scand. source (cf. O.N. vagga "a cradle," Dan. vugge "rock a cradle," O.Swed. wagga "fluctuate"), and in part from O.E. wagian "move backwards and forwards;" all from P.Gmc. *wagojanan (cf. O.H.G. weggen, Goth. wagjan "to wag"), probably from PIE base *wegh- "to move about" (see weigh). Wagta… more
  2. "person fond of making jokes," 1553, perhaps a shortening of waghalter "gallows bird," person destined to swing in a noose or halter, applied humorously to mischievous children, from wag (v.) + halter. Or possibly directly from wag (v.). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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