Wag. n.s. [wœʒan, Saxon, to cheat.] Any one ludicrously mischievous; a merry droll.
Cupid the wag, that lately conquer'd had
Wise counsellors, stout captains puissant;
And ty'd them fast to lead his triumphs bad,
Glutted with them, now plays with meanest things. Sidney.
Was not my lord the verier wag o' th' two? Shakesp.
We wink at wags, when they offend,
And spare the boy, in hopes the man may mend. Dryden.
A counsellor never pleaded without a piece of packthread in his hand, which he used to twist about a finger all the while he was speaking: the wags used to call it the thread of his discourse. Addison.