Meaning of “waffle” in the English Dictionary

"waffle" in British English

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waffleverb [ I ]

uk /ˈwɒf.əl/ us /ˈwɑː.fəl/ disapproving

waffle verb [ I ] (TALK)

UK to talk or write a lot without giving any useful information or any clear answers:

If you don't know the answer, it's no good just waffling (on) for pages and pages.

waffle verb [ I ] (FAIL TO DECIDE)

US UK dither to be unable to make a decision:

I waffled a lot before finally deciding to take the job.


uk /ˈwɒf.əl/ us /ˈwɑː.fəl/

waffle noun (CAKE)

[ C ] a type of bread or cake made from batter (= a thin mixture of milk, flour, and egg) cooked in a special pan whose surface forms a pattern of raised squares

waffle noun (TALK)

[ U ] UK disapproving talk or writing that uses a lot of words but does not give any useful information:

"What did he say?" "Oh, it was a load of waffle - nothing important at all."

(Definition of “waffle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"waffle" in American English

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wafflenoun [ C ]

us /ˈwɑf·əl/

waffle noun [ C ] (CAKE)

a thin, light cake, the surface of which is formed into a pattern of raised squares, often eaten for breakfast

waffleverb [ I ]

us /ˈwɑf·əl/

waffle verb [ I ] (NOT DECIDE)

to keep changing your decisions about something so that no clear decision is made:

This administration has a tendency to waffle on important questions.

(Definition of “waffle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)