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To Wáddle. v.n. [wagghelen, Dutch, to waggle; whence, by a casual corruption, waddle.] To shake, in walking from side to side; to deviate in motion from a right line.

She could have run and waddled all about. Shakesp.

The strutting petticoat smooths and levels all distinctions; while I cannot but be troubled to see so many well-shaped, innocent virgins bloated up, and waddling up and down like big-bellied women. Spectator, № 127.

              The farmer's goose,
Grown fat with corn and sitting still,
Can scarce get o'er the barn-door sill,
And hardly waddles forth to cool
Her belly in the neighb'ring pool.

A dabchick waddles through the copse,
On feet and wings, and flies, and wades, and hops.

Dulness, of business the directing soul,
To human heads like biass to the bowl;
Which, as more pond'rous, makes their aim more true,
Obliquely waddling to the mark in view.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (46) · Spectator (140) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

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