wag Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “wag” in the English Dictionary

"wag" in British English

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wagverb [I or T]

uk   us   /wæɡ/ (-gg-)
(​especially of a ​tail or ​finger) to ​move from ​side to ​side or up and down, ​especiallyquickly and ​repeatedly, or to ​cause this to ​happen: The little dog's ​tail wagged in ​delight. He wagged his ​fingersternly at the two ​boys.


uk   us   /wæɡ/

wag noun (MOVE)

[C usually singular] (​especially of a ​tail or ​finger) a ​movement from ​side to ​side or up and down: With a ​single wag of her ​finger she ​managed to ​convey her ​totaldisapproval.

wag noun (PERSON)

[C] old-fashioned informal a ​humorousperson who ​likes to make ​jokes UK a WAG
adjective uk   us   /ˈwæɡ.ɪʃ/ old-fashioned informal
saying ​humorous things

WAGnoun [C usually plural]

(also wag) uk   us   /wæɡ/ UK
informal abbreviation forwife and ​girlfriend: a woman who is a ​wife or ​girlfriend, ​especially of a well-known ​sportsplayer
(Definition of wag from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wag" in American English

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wagverb [I/T]

 us   /wæɡ/ (-gg-)
(esp. of a ​tail or ​finger) to move from ​side to ​side or up and down, usually ​quickly and ​repeatedly, or to ​cause this to ​happen: [T] When she came in, the ​dogsprang to ​itsfeet and wagged ​itstail.
(Definition of wag from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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