What does wag mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wag, wit, cardnoun

    a witty amusing person who makes jokes

  2. wag, waggle, shakeverb

    causing to move repeatedly from side to side

  3. wag, waggleverb

    move from side to side

    "The happy dog wagged his tail"


  1. wagnoun

    An oscillating movement.

    The wag of my dog's tail expresses happiness.

  2. wagnoun

    A witty person.

  3. wagverb

    To swing from side to side, especially of an animal's tail

  4. wagverb

    To not go to school, either for a class or classes or the entire school day; .

  5. Etymology: Middle English waggen, noun wagge, feminine root of Old English waian, (Middle English noun wae) to oscillate, shake. Compare the Old English verb wagian

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wagnoun

    Any one ludicrously mischievous; a merry droll.

    Etymology: wœgan , Saxon, to cheat.

    Cupid the wag, that lately conquer’d had
    Wise counsellors, stout captains puissant;
    And ty’d them fast to lead his triumphs bad,
    Glutted with them, now plays with meanest things. Philip Sidney.

    Was not my lord the verier wag o’ th’ two? William Shakespeare.

    We wink at wags, when they offend,
    And spare the boy, in hopes the man may mend. Dryden.

    A counsellor never pleaded without a piece of packthread 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.

  2. To Wagverb

    To move lightly; to shake slightly.

    Etymology: wagian , Saxon; waggen, Dutch.

    I can counterfeit the deep tragedian;
    Tremble and start at wagging of a straw. William Shakespeare.

    You may as well forbid the mountain pines
    To wag their high tops, and to make a noise,
    When they are fretted with the gusts of heav’n. William Shakespeare.

    All that pass, hiss and wag their head at thee. La. ii. 15.

    Thou canst not wag thy finger, or begin
    The least light motion, but it tends to sin. Dryden.

    So have I seen in black and white,
    A prating thing, a magpye hight,
    Majestically stalk;
    A stately, worthless animal,
    That plies the tongue, and wags the tail,
    All flutter, pride, and talk. Jonathan Swift.

  3. To Wagverb

    Be merry, my wife has all;
    For women are shrews, both short and tall;
    ’Tis merry in hall, where beards wag all. William Shakespeare.

    I will fight with him upon this theme,
    Until my eyelids will no longer wag. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    I will provoke him to’t, or let him wag. William Shakespeare.

    Her charms she mutter’d o’er;
    And yet the resty sieve wagg’d ne’er the more:
    I wept for woe. John Dryden, Theocritus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wagverb

    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

  2. Wagverb

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

  3. Wagverb

    to be in action or motion; to move; to get along; to progress; to stir

  4. Wagverb

    to go; to depart; to pack oft

  5. Wag

    the act of wagging; a shake; as, a wag of the head

  6. Wag

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

  7. Etymology: [OE. waggen; probably of Scand. origin; cf. Sw. vagga to rock a cradle, vagga cradle, Icel. vagga, Dan. vugge; akin to AS. wagian to move, wag, wegan to bear, carry, G. & D. bewegen to move, and E. weigh. 136. See Weigh.]


  1. Wag

    Wag is a traditional highland district in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia, in the approximate location of the modern Wag Hemra Zone. Weld Blundell described the district as bounded on the south by the mountains of Lasta, on the east and north by the Tellare River, and the west by the Tekezé. The major urban center is the town of Sokota, which has been a major marketplace for centuries. James Bruce states that Wag was given to the heirs of the deposed Zagwe dynasty, when the Solomonic dynasty was restored to the throne of Ethiopia in 1270. The head of the fallen Zagwe family accepted the district as well as the title of Wagshum as part of the settlement for their loss. However, the province is mentioned for the first time only in the 14th century.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wag

    wag, v.t. and v.i. to move from side to side: to shake to and fro: (coll.) to depart: (Shak.) to move on, make progress:—pr.p. wag′ging; pa.t. and pa.p. wagged.—n. a shaking, moving to and fro. [Referred by Skeat to Old Sw. wagga, to wag (Ice. vagga, a cradle); allied to A.S. wagian, to wag, Old High Ger. wagōn, to shake, A.S. wegan, to carry, move.]

  2. Wag

    wag, n. a droll, mischievous fellow: a man full of sport and humour: a wit: a fellow generally.—n. Wag′gery, mischievous merriment.—adjs. Wag′gish—(rare) Wag′some.—adv. Wag′gishly.—ns. Wag′gishness; Wag′-wit, a would-be wit. [Prob. waghalter, one who deserves hanging.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wag in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wag in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of wag in a Sentence

  1. Hilary Schneider:

    The founders of Wag reached out -- and it was like,' What an incredible opportunity,'.

  2. Lorri Winkcompleck:

    You should not let the tax tail wag the dog, but you should consider that capital losses can offset taxable capital gains from investments and reduce your tax bill.

  3. Eric Weinmann:

    I had very high hopes when I joined Wag. I really thought the company was going somewhere. It became apparent that the ship was sailing back to port.

  4. Justin Porter:

    The tax tail should never wag the dog, you should rebalance and take losses because it makes your portfolio better, not just for tax reasons.

  5. Miles Montgomery:

    She started to wag her tail when she saw her stop. Then she jumped down from the seat and she just ran off the bus, and she ran to the dog park.

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  • ober skol al louarnBreton
  • šibalCzech
  • wedeln, schwänzenGerman
  • huiskuttaa, neropatti, heilua, heiluttaa, heilutusFinnish
  • sécher, faire l’école buissonnière, frétillerFrench
  • scodinzolioItalian
  • 振る, 揺れるJapanese
  • با دانKurdish
  • takawhetawheta, takawhetaMāori
  • kwispelen, spijbelenDutch
  • skulke, logreNorwegian
  • виля́ть, остряк, виляние, кача́ть, шутник, прогу́ливать, прогуля́ть, маха́тьRussian
  • skolka, viftaSwedish
  • kırmak, asmak, sallamakTurkish

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