- 1[intransitive] waffle (on) (about something) (British English, informal, disapproving) to talk or write using a lot of words but without saying anything interesting or important The principal waffled on about exam results but no one was listening. If you want to sound professional—don’t waffle.
- 2[intransitive] waffle (on/over something) (North American English, informal) to be unable to decide what to do about something or what you think about something The senator was accused of waffling on major issues. Word Originverb late 17th cent. (originally in the sense ‘yap, yelp’): frequentative of dialect waff ‘yelp’, of imitative origin.
BrE BrE//ˈwɒfl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːfl//, NAmE//ˈwɔːfl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they waffle
BrE BrE//ˈwɒfl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːfl//, NAmE//ˈwɔːfl//he / she / it waffles
BrE BrE//ˈwɒflz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːflz//, NAmE//ˈwɔːflz//past simple waffled
BrE BrE//ˈwɒfld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːfld//, NAmE//ˈwɔːfld//past participle waffled
BrE BrE//ˈwɒfld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːfld//, NAmE//ˈwɔːfld//-ing form waffling
BrE BrE//ˈwɒflɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːflɪŋ//, NAmE//ˈwɔːflɪŋ//