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waffle | blue |

As a noun waffle

is (countable) a flat pastry pressed with a grid pattern or waffle can be (uncountable) speech or writing that is vague, pretentious or evasive.

As a verb waffle

is to smash or waffle can be to move in a side-to-side motion and descend (lose altitude) before landing wiffle'', ''whiffle .

As a proper noun blue is

an anglicization of (etyl) blau.



Etymology 1

The (etyl) word wafel was adopted into English in the 1700s. The Dutch word, in turn, derives from the (etyl) w?fel]]'' (modern German ''Waffel''), which was borrowed into Middle English around 1377 as ''wafer'', and which is also the source of the French ''gaufre''. ''[[wafel, W?fel'', in turn, derives from the Old High German ''waba'', ''wabo'' (modern German ''Wabe''), meaning ''honeycomb'' and ultimately related to the word ''weave . The verb sense "to smash" derives from the manner in which waffle-batter is smashed into its shape between the two halves of a waffle iron, and the sense "to press a waffle pattern into" derives from the pattern the waffle-iron-halves impart.


(en noun)
  • (countable) A flat pastry pressed with a grid pattern.
  • The brunch was waffles with strawberries and whipped cream.
  • (countable, UK) A , a savoury flat potato cake with the same kind of grid pattern.
  • Derived terms
    * waffled * waffle iron


  • To smash.
  • * 1995 , Peter Allen David, The Incredible Hulk: What savage beast :
  • The cab was waffled in between the two, Marsh never having a prayer or even a full comprehension of what happened to him. He was crushed flat, never even hearing the deafening screech of metal.
  • * 1997 , Bill Conlin, Kevin Kerrane (editor), "Batting cleanup, Bill Conlin" , page 121:
  • These were not the Cowboys who were waffled , 45-14, here at mid-season. They came prepared to play a championship football game, with an ultra-conservative game plan suited to the horrendous turf conditions, and came close to pulling it off [...]
  • * 2005 , Shawn Michaels, with Aaron Feigenbaum, Heartbreak & Triumph: The Shawn Michaels Story , Page 47:
  • Then I waffled him and knocked him down. Why I cut myself open with the razor, I'm not completely sure. I was like the idiot in a bar who gets all worked up and smashes a bottle over his head [...]
  • * 2006 , Gordon Forbes, Tales from the Eagles Sideline (updated edition), page 2:
  • Bednarik, however, says the play became legendary only because of the circumstances. " I did it [...] to the top honcho. He just happened to be there and the pass was thrown to him. I waffled him cleanly." [...] "He just cold-cocked Frank," said linebacker Bob Pellegrini, whose injury sent Bednarik into the game to play defense.

    Etymology 2

    From the (etyl) ''woof ). Also note (etyl) .


  • (uncountable) Speech or writing that is vague, pretentious or evasive.
  • This interesting point seems to get lost a little within a lot of self-important waffle .
    * see


  • To move in a side-to-side motion and descend (lose altitude) before landing. wiffle'', ''whiffle .
  • The geese waffled as they approached the water.
  • To speak or write vaguely and evasively.
  • * 1970 , John Galloway, The Gulf of Tonkin resolution , page 115:
  • Again the answer was "waffled ," for this did not say that no air units had been alerted. Only that none had been "identified." Moreover, the reply concerned air "unit[s]" as opposed to "air craft".
  • To speak or write at length without any clear point or aim.
  • * 1976 Tony Hatch, So you want to be in the music business, Everest Books, p68
  • Unless you have a great line in gags or repartee don't waffle on aimlessly to your audience, or make in-jokes among yourselves, the band or the compere/DJ.
  • * 1984 "Apiary Antics- No.5," British bee journal , Volumes 112-113, p68
  • Before getting down to the nitty gritty of beekeeping, most contributors to BBJ like to waffle on for a bit about the weather, the state of their garden or something equally inconsequential.
  • * 2005 Bill Condon, No Worries, Univ. of Queensland Press, p78
  • She waffled on for ages. Usually I'd say something smart or make it obvious that I wasn't interested and couldn't be bothered listening.
  • * 2006 Carl Storm, A Mighty Fine Way to Live and Die, Backstrap Ltd, p8
  • The whole thing ended suddenly when the hotel manager arrived. He waffled on for a bit; this settled everyone down.
  • To vacillate.
  • He waffles between loving the movie and hating it, depending on who's asking.
  • To rotate (one's hand) back and forth in a gesture of vacillation or ambivalence.
  • * 2007 , Michael Koryta, Sorrow’s Anthem , Macmillan, ISBN 978-0-312-93660-0, page 146:
  • “”
    * (vacillate) blow hot and cold * (speak or write vaguely and evasively) beat around the bush



    Alternative forms

    * (obsolete) * (obsolete)


  • Of the colour blue.
  • (lb) Depressed, melancholic, sad.
  • *
  • *:“Heavens!” exclaimed Nina, “the blue'-stocking and the fogy!—and yours ''are'' pale '''blue , Eileen!—you’re about as self-conscious as Drina—slumping there with your hair tumbling ''à la Mérode! Oh, it's very picturesque, of course, but a straight spine and good grooming is better.”
  • Pale, without redness or glare; said of a flame.
  • Pornographic or profane.
  • (lb) Supportive of, run by (a member of), pertaining to, or dominated by a political party represented by the colour blue.
  • #
  • # Supportive of or related to the Liberal Party.
  • (lb) Of the higher-frequency region of the part of the electromagnetic spectrum which is relevant in the specific observation.
  • (lb) Extra rare; left very raw and cold.
  • (lb) Possessing a coat of fur that is a shade of gray.
  • (lb) Severe or overly strict in morals; gloomy.
  • literary; bluestockinged.
  • * (William Makepeace Thackeray) (1811-1863)
  • The ladies were very blue and well informed.
  • (lb) Having a color charge of blue.
  • Antonyms

    * (having blue as its colour) nonblue, unblue


    (en noun)
  • The colour of the clear sky or the deep sea, between green and violet in the visible spectrum, and one of the primary additive colours for transmitted light; the colour obtained by subtracting red and green from white light using magenta and cyan filters; or any colour resembling this.
  • A blue dye or pigment.
  • Any of several processes to protect metal against rust.
  • Blue clothing
  • The boys in blue marched to the pipers.
  • (in the plural) A blue uniform. See blues.
  • (slang) A member of law enforcement
  • The sky, literally or figuratively.
  • The ball came out of the blue and cracked his windshield.
    ''His request for leave came out of the blue .
  • The ocean; deep waters.
  • Anything blue, especially to distinguish it from similar objects differing only in color.
  • (snooker) One of the colour balls used in snooker, with a value of 5 points.
  • Any of the blue-winged butterflies of the subfamily in the family Lycaenidae.
  • A bluefish.
  • (Australia, colloquial) An argument.
  • * 2008 , Cheryl Jorgensen, The Taint , page 135,
  • If they had a blue between themselves, they kept it there, it never flowed out onto the streets to innocent people — like a lot of things that have been happenin? on the streets today.
  • * 2009 , John Gilfoyle, Remember Cannon Hill , page 102,
  • On another occasion, there was a blue between Henry Daniels and Merv Wilson down at the pig sale. I don?t know what it was about, it only lasted a minute or so, but they shook hands when it was over and that was the end of it.
  • * 2011 , Julietta Jameson, Me, Myself and Lord Byron , unnumbered page,
  • I was a bit disappointed. Was that it? No abuse like Lord Byron had endured? Not that I was wishing that upon myself. It was just that a blue between my parents, albeit a raging, foul, bile-spitting hate fest, was not exactly Charles Dickens.
  • A liquid with an intense blue colour, added to a laundry wash to prevent yellowing of white clothes.
  • (British) A type of firecracker.
  • (archaic) A pedantic woman; a bluestocking.
  • (particle physics) One of the three color charges for quarks.
  • Verb

  • (ergative) To make or become blue.
  • (metallurgy) To treat the surface of steel so that it is passivated chemically and becomes more resistant to rust.
  • (slang) To spend (money) extravagantly; to blow.
  • * 1974 , (GB Edwards), The Book of Ebenezer Le Page , New York 2007, p. 311:
  • They was willing to blue the lot and have nothing left when they got home except debts on the never-never.

    Derived terms

    * antiblue * between the devil and the deep blue sea * bice blue * black and blue * blue baby * blue bag * Blue Bird * blue blood * blue book * blue box * blue cat * blue catfish * blue cheese * blue chip * blue circle rate * blue cod * blue cohosh * blue crab * blue curls * blue devils * blue duck * Blue Ensign * blue flag * blue flier * blue flu * blue fox * blue funk * blue gound * blue gouse * blue gum * blue heaven * blue heeler * blue helmet * blue heron * blue jay * blue jeans * blue john * blue law * blue line * blue list * Blue Mantle * blue mold * blue Monday * blue moon * blue movie * Blue Nile * blue note * blue ointment * blue pages * blue pencil * Blue Peter * blue pike * blue plate * blue point * blue racer * blue riband * Blue Ridge * blue rinse * blue runner * blue shark * blue sheep * blue spruce * blue state * blue streak * blue vitriol * blue wall of silence * blue water * blue whale * blue wren * blueback * blueback salmon * bluebeard * bluebeat * bluebell * blueberry * bluebill * bluebird * blue-black * blue-blooded * bluebonnet * bluebottle * blue-chip * bluecoat * blue-collar * bluecurls * blue-eyed boy * blue-eyed grass * blue-eyed Mar * blue-eyed soul * bluefin * bluefin tuna * bluefish * bluegill * bluegrass * blue-green alga * blueing * blueish * bluejacket * bluely * blueness * bluenose * blue-pencil * blue-plate * bluepoint * blueprint * blue-ribbon * bluerinse * blue-rinse * blues * blueshift * blue-sky * blue-sky law * bluesman * bluestem * bluestocking * bluestone * bluesy * bluet * blue-tile fever * bluetit * bluetongue * blue-water * blueweed * bluey * bluing * bluish * bluishness * blut tit * bolt from the blue * boys in blue * Cambridge blue * cobalt blue * code blue * Colorado blue spruce * common blue * Copenhagen blue * cordon bleu * cornflower blue * cry blue murder * Danish blue * dark blue * duck-egg blue * eggshell blue * electric-blue * genetian blue * go blue * half-blue * ice blue * in a blue funk * indigo blue * iron blue * Kerry blue terrier * light blue * methylene blue * midnight blue * navy blue * Nile blue * once in a blue moon * out of the blue * Oxford blue * peacock blue * petrol blue * powder blue * Prussian blue * pygmy blue * robin's-egg blue * royal blue * Russian blue * saxe blue * Saxon blue * scream blue murder * * sky blue * slate blue * steel blue * Tasmanian blue gum * the blues * true-blue * trypan blue * until one is blue in the face * Wedgwood blue

    See also

    * * * * Havasupai * primary colour * rainbow * RGB


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