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WAG, v.t. To move one way and the other with quick turns; to move a little way, and then turn the other way; as, to wag the head.

Every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head. Jer. 18. Matt 27. [Wag expresses particulary the motion of the head and body used in buffoonery, mirth, derision, sport and mockery. It is applied also to birds and beasts; as, to wag the tail.]

WAG, v.i.

1. To be quick in ludicrous motion; to stir.

Tis merry in hall, where beards wag all.

Tremble and start at wagging of a straw.

2. To go; to depart; to pack offf.

I will provoke him tot, or let him wag.

3. To be moved one way and the other.

The resty sieve waggd neer the more.

WAG, n. A droll; a man full of low sport and humor; a ludicrous fellow.

We wink at wags, when they offend.

The counselor never pleaded without a piece of packthread in his hand, which he used to twist about his finger all the while he was speaking; the wags used to call it the thread of his discourse.



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WAG, v.t. To move one way and the other with quick turns; to move a little way, and then turn the other way; as, to wag the head.

Every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head. Jer. 18. Matt 27. [Wag expresses particulary the motion of the head and body used in buffoonery, mirth, derision, sport and mockery. It is applied also to birds and beasts; as, to wag the tail.]

WAG, v.i.

1. To be quick in ludicrous motion; to stir.

Tis merry in hall, where beards wag all.

Tremble and start at wagging of a straw.

2. To go; to depart; to pack offf.

I will provoke him tot, or let him wag.

3. To be moved one way and the other.

The resty sieve waggd neer the more.

WAG, n. A droll; a man full of low sport and humor; a ludicrous fellow.

We wink at wags, when they offend.

The counselor never pleaded without a piece of packthread in his hand, which he used to twist about his finger all the while he was speaking; the wags used to call it the thread of his discourse.

WAG, n. [from the verb.]

A droll; a man full of low sport and humor; a ludicrous fellow. We wink at wags, when they offend. – Dryden. The counselor never pleaded without a piece of packthread in his hand, which he used to twist about his finger all the while he was speaking; the wags used to call it the thread of his discourse. – Addison.


WAG, v.i.

  1. To be quick in ludicrous motion; to stir. 'Tis merry in hall, where beards wag all. – Shak. Tremble and start at wagging of a straw. – Shak.
  2. To go; to depart; to pack off. I will provoke him to't, or let him wag. – Shak.
  3. To be moved one way and the other. The resty sieve wagg'd ne'er the more. – Dryden.

WAG, v.i. [Sax. wagian and wecgan; G. bewegen; D. beweegen, to move, to stir; weegen, to weigh; G. wägen, to weigh; Sw. väga, Dan. vajer, to wag, to weigh. This is the radix of the L. vacillo, Eng. fickle, wagon, wain, way, wave, waggle, &c.]

To move one way and the other with quick turns; to move a little way, and then turn the other way; as, to wag the head. Every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head. – Jer. xviii. Matt. xxvii. [Wag expresses particularly the motion of the head and body used in buffoonery, mirth, derision, sport and mockery. It is applied also to birds and beasts; as, to wag the tail.]


Wag
  1. To move one way and the other with quick turns; to shake to and fro; to move vibratingly; to cause to vibrate, as a part of the body; as, to wag the head.

    No discerner durst wag his tongue in censure. Shak.

    Every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head. Jer. xviii. 16.

    * Wag expresses specifically the motion of the head and body used in buffoonery, mirth, derision, sport, and mockery.

  2. To move one way and the other; to be shaken to and fro; to vibrate.

    The resty sieve wagged ne'er the more. Dryden.

  3. The act of wagging; a shake; as, a wag of the head.

    [Colloq.]
  4. To be in action or motion; to move; to get along; to progress; to stir.

    [Colloq.]

    "Thus we may see," quoth he, "how the world wags." Shak.

  5. A man full of sport and humor; a ludicrous fellow; a humorist; a wit; a joker.

    We wink at wags when they offend. Dryden.

    A counselor never pleaded without a piece of pack thread 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.

  6. To go; to depart; to pack oft.

    [R.]

    I will provoke him to 't, or let him wag. Shak.

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Wag

WAG, verb transitive To move one way and the other with quick turns; to move a little way, and then turn the other way; as, to wag the head.

Every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head. Jeremiah 18:16. Matthew 27:1. [Wag expresses particulary the motion of the head and body used in buffoonery, mirth, derision, sport and mockery. It is applied also to birds and beasts; as, to wag the tail.]

WAG, verb intransitive

1. To be quick in ludicrous motion; to stir.

Tis merry in hall, where beards wag all.

Tremble and start at wagging of a straw.

2. To go; to depart; to pack offf.

I will provoke him tot, or let him wag

3. To be moved one way and the other.

The resty sieve waggd neer the more.

WAG, noun A droll; a man full of low sport and humor; a ludicrous fellow.

We wink at wags, when they offend.

The counselor never pleaded without a piece of packthread in his hand, which he used to twist about his finger all the while he was speaking; the wags used to call it the thread of his discourse.

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