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



    BrE BrE//ˈwɒfl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːfl//
    , NAmE//ˈwɔːfl//
    Sweets and desserts
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  1. 1 [countable] a crisp flat cake with a pattern of squares on both sides, often eaten with sweet sauce, cream, etc. on top a waffle iron (= for making waffles with) See related entries: Sweets and desserts
  2. 2[uncountable] (British English, informal) language that uses a lot of words but does not say anything important or interesting The report is just full of waffle. You have to sit through a lot of waffle about procedures.
  3. Word Originnoun sense 1 mid 18th cent.: from Dutch wafel; compare with wafer. noun sense 2 late 17th cent. (originally in the sense ‘yap, yelp’): frequentative of dialect waff ‘yelp’, of imitative origin.
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