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Wag (verb neuter)

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To Wag. v.n.

  1. To be in quick or ludicrous motion.

    Be merry, my wife has all;
    For women are shrews, both short and tall;
    'Tis merry in hall, where beards wag all.
    Shakesp.

    I will fight with him upon this theme,
    Until my eyelids will no longer Wag.
    Shakesp. Hamlet.

  2. To go; to be moved.

    I will provoke him to't, or let him wag. Shakespeare.

    Her charms she mutter'd o'er;
    And yet the resty sieve wagg'd ne'er the more:
    I wept for woe.
    Dryden's Theocritus.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Hamlet (60) · Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 2 (72) · Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor (95)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Wag (verb neuter)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 16, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=4233.


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