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.
(countable) A flat pastry pressed with a grid pattern.
(countable, UK) A , a savoury flat potato cake with the same kind of grid pattern.
- The brunch was waffles with strawberries and whipped cream.
* waffle iron
* 1995 , Peter Allen David, The Incredible Hulk: What savage beast :
* 1997 , Bill Conlin, Kevin Kerrane (editor), "Batting cleanup, Bill Conlin" , page 121:
- 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.
* 2005 , Shawn Michaels, with Aaron Feigenbaum, Heartbreak & Triumph: The Shawn Michaels Story , Page 47:
- 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 [...]
* 2006 , Gordon Forbes, Tales from the Eagles Sideline (updated edition), page 2:
- 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 [...]
- 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.
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 .
To move in a side-to-side motion and descend (lose altitude) before landing. wiffle'', ''whiffle .
To speak or write vaguely and evasively.
* 1970 , John Galloway, The Gulf of Tonkin resolution , page 115:
- The geese waffled as they approached the water.
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
- 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".
* 1984 "Apiary Antics- No.5," British bee journal , Volumes 112-113, 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.
* 2005 Bill Condon, No Worries, Univ. of Queensland Press, p78
- 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.
* 2006 Carl Storm, A Mighty Fine Way to Live and Die, Backstrap Ltd, p8
- 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.
- The whole thing ended suddenly when the hotel manager arrived. He waffled on for a bit; this settled everyone down.
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,
- He waffles between loving the movie and hating it, depending on who's asking.
* (vacillate) blow hot and cold
* (speak or write vaguely and evasively) beat around the bush