November 17, 2012
waffle (noun)
\WAH-ful\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a crisp cake with an indented crust made by cooking batter in a waffle iron
How do you use it?
Every Sunday morning my dad treats us to homemade waffles with real maple syrup.
Are you a word wiz?

You are probably very familiar with the meaning of today's buzzword. But there is another word "waffle" that is not a noun. What do you think this other "waffle" functions as?

We hope you didn't waffle if you chose answer A! The verb "waffle" refers to hesitating in choice of opinions or courses, or to foolishly talking or writing on and on. Though both the noun and the verb "waffle" are spelled and pronounced the same, they come from very different sources. The "waffle" that names a tasty food comes from a Dutch word with the same meaning, and is akin to an Old High German word for "honeycomb" and an Old English word meaning "to weave." The verb "waffle" comes from "woff," an old word no longer used in English that meant "to yelp."
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