Definition of wag noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//wæɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wæɡ//
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  1. 1(old-fashioned, especially British English) a person who enjoys making jokes synonym joker
  2. 2a wagging movement Flossie managed a feeble wag of her tail.
  3. Word Originnoun sense 1 mid 16th cent. (denoting a young man or mischievous boy, also used as a term of endearment to an infant): probably from obsolete waghalter ‘person likely to be hanged’ (from the verb wag and halter). noun sense 2 Middle English (as a verb): from the Germanic base of Old English wagian ‘to sway’.
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