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waffle | cracker |

As nouns the difference between waffle and cracker

is that waffle is a flat pastry pressed with a grid pattern while cracker is a dry, thin, crispy, and usually salty or savoury biscuit.

As a verb waffle

is to smash.

waffle

English

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.

Noun

(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

    Verb

    (waffl)
  • 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) .

    Noun

    (-)
  • (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 .
    Synonyms
    * see

    Verb

    (waffl)
  • 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:
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    Synonyms
    * (vacillate) blow hot and cold * (speak or write vaguely and evasively) beat around the bush

    cracker

    English

    Etymology 1

    From the verb to crack . Hard "bread/biscuit" sense first attested 1739, though "hard wafer" sense attested 1440. Sense of computer (cracker), (crack), (cracking), were promoted in the 1980s as an alternative to (hacker), by programmers concerned about negative public associations of (hack), . See .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A dry, thin, crispy, and usually salty or savoury biscuit.
  • A short piece of twisted string tied to the end of a whip that creates the distinctive sound when the whip is thrown or cracked .
  • A firecracker.
  • A person or thing that cracks, or that cracks a thing (e.g. whip cracker; nutcracker).
  • (Perhaps from previous sense.) A native of Florida or Georgia. See
  • (pejorative, ethnic slur) A white person, especially one form the Southeastern United States. Also "white cracker". See
  • A Christmas cracker
  • Refinery equipment used to pyrolyse organic feedstocks. If catalyst is used to aid pyrolysis it is informally called a cat-cracker
  • (chiefly, British) A fine thing or person (crackerjack).
  • She's an absolute cracker'''! The show was a '''cracker !
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 15 , author=Saj Chowdhury , title=Man City 4 - 3 Wolves , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=And just before the interval, Kolarov, who was having one of his better games in a City shirt, fizzed in a cracker from 30 yards which the Wolves stopper unconvincingly pushed behind for a corner. }}
  • An ambitious or hard-working person (i.e. someone who arises at the 'crack' of dawn).
  • (computing) One who cracks (i.e. overcomes) computer software or security restrictions.
  • * 1984 , Richard Sedric Fox Eells, Peter Raymond Nehemkis, Corporate Intelligence and Espionage: A Blueprint for Executive Decision Making , Macmillan, p 137:
  • It stated to one of the company's operators, “The Phantom, the system cracker , strikes again . . . Soon I will zero (expletive deleted) your desks and your backups on System A. I have already cracked your System B.
  • * 2002 , Steve Jones, Encyclopedia of New Media (page 1925)
  • Likewise, early software pirates and "crackers " often used phrases like "information wants to be free" to protest the regulations against the copying of proprietary software packages and computer systems.
  • (obsolete) A noisy boaster; a swaggering fellow.
  • * Shakespeare
  • What cracker is this same that deafs our ears?
  • A northern pintail, species of dabbling duck.
  • (obsolete) A pair of fluted rolls for grinding caoutchouc.
  • (Knight)
    Derived terms
    * crackerless * crackerlike
    Synonyms
    * biscuit * (twisted string on a whip) popper, snapper * (one who defeats software security) black hat hacker * (one who defeats software security) hacker * (white person) honky, wonderbread, whitey

    Etymology 2

    Various theories exists regarding this term's application to poor white Southerners. One theory holds that it originated with disadvantaged corn and wheat farmers ("corncrackers"), who cracked'' their crops rather than taking them to the mill. Another theory asserts that it was applied due to Georgia and Florida settlers (:
    I should explain to your Lordship what is meant by crackers; a name they have got from being great boasters; they are a lawless set of rascalls on the frontiers of Virginia, Maryland, the Carolinas and Georgia, who often change their places of abode." cracker]" in the Online Etymology Dictionary'', Douglas Harper, 2001"[http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-552 cracker" in ''The New Georgia Encyclopedia , John A. Burrison, Georgia State University, 2002

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (US, pejorative, racial slur) An impoverished white person from the southeastern United States, originally associated with Georgia and parts of Florida; by extension: any white person.
  • Synonyms
    * (whites) white trash, trailer trash, redneck, peckerwood, honky, (sometimes ) crack head