To swing from side to side, especially of an animal's tail
* Bible, Jer. xviii. 16
- No discerner durst wag his tongue in censure.
(UK, Australia, slang) To play truant from school.
* 1848 , Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son, xxii
- Every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head.
* 1901 , William Sylvester Walker, In the Blood, i. 13
- "My misfortunes all began in wagging,'' Sir; but what could I do, exceptin' ''wag''?" "Excepting what?" said Mr. Carker. "''Wag,'' Sir. ''Wagging'' from school." "Do you mean pretending to go there, and not going?" said Mr. Carker. "Yes, Sir, that's ''wagging, Sir."
(obsolete) To be in action or motion; to move; to get along; to progress; to stir.
- They had "wagged it" from school, as they termed it, which..meant truancy in all its forms.
(obsolete) To go; to depart.
- "Thus we may see," quoth he, "how the world wags ."
- I will provoke him to 't, or let him wag .
* (to not go to school) play the wag; hop the wag; wag it
* to finger-wag
* waggle (frequentative)
An oscillating movement.
A witty person.
- The wag of my dog's tail expresses happiness.
* The Oxford English Dictionary, (1989) Accessed 23 Feb. 2006.
* Jonathon Green, "wag," The Cassell Dictionary of Slang, (1998) p. 1257.
* (l) (obsolete)
An amorphous, compact mass.
A substantial pile (normally of money).
- Our cat loves to play with a small wad of paper.
A soft plug or seal, particularly as used between the powder and pellets in a shotgun cartridge.
(slang) A sandwich.
(vulgar, slang) An ejaculate of semen.
(mineralogy) Any black manganese oxide or hydroxide mineral rich rock in the oxidized zone of various ore deposits.
- With a wad of cash like that, she should not have been walking round Manhattan
* (ejaculate) blow one's wad, shoot one's wad
To crumple or crush into a compact, amorphous shape or ball.
(Ulster) To wager.
To insert or force a wad into.
- She wadded up the scrap of paper and threw it in the trash.
To stuff or line with some soft substance, or wadding, like cotton.
- to wad a gun
- to wad a cloak