#20.  wag

(3 letters | 1 syllable)
(scrabble Score – 7 pts)
First known use 1225 (verb)
First known use 1555 (noun)

1 | noun | a witty amusing person who makes jokes
2 | noun | causing to move repeatedly from side to side
3 | verb | move from side to side
(Wolfram Alpha)

Wag (verb)
1. to move or cause to move rapidly and repeatedly from side to side or up and down
2. to move (the tongue) or (of the tongue) to be moved rapidly in talking, esp in idle gossip
3. to move (the finger) or (of the finger) to be moved from side to side, in or as in admonition
4. slang to play truant (esp in the phrase wag it).

Wag (noun)
a humorous or jocular person, wit.

C13: from Old English wagian to shake; compare Old Norse vagga cradle.
{Collins Dictionary)

(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 dog sprang to its feet and wagged its tail.

noun. informal abbreviation for wife and girlfriend: a woman who is a wife or girlfriend, especially of a well-known sports player.

1 [plural] old-fashioned someone who says or does something clever and amusing:
Some wag had drawn a face on the wall.
2 [plural but usu. singular] a wagging movement

(Longman Dictionary)

wag (n.2)

“act of wagging,” 1580s, from wag (v.).
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“person fond of making jokes,” 1550s, perhaps a shortening of waghalter “gallows bird,” person destined to swing in a noose or halter, applied humorously to mischievous children, from wag (v.) + halter. Or possibly directly from wag (v.); compare wagger “one who stirs up or agitates” (late 14c.).
wag (v.) 
early 13c. (intransitive), “waver, vacillate, lack steadfastness,” probably from a Scandinavian source (compare Old Norse vagga “a cradle,” Danish vugge “rock a cradle,” Old Swedish “fluctuate, rock” a cradle), and in part from Old English wagian “move backwards and forwards;” all from Proto-Germanic *wag– (source also of Old High German weggen, Gothic wagjan “to wag“), probably from PIE root *wegh- “to move about” (see weigh).
“move (something) back and forth or up and down” is from c. 1300; of dogs and their tails from mid-15c.: “and whanne they [hounds] see the hure maystre they wol make him cheere and wagge hur tayles upon him.” [Edward, Duke of York, “The Master of Game,” 1456].

 Related: Wagged; wagging. Wag-at-the-wall (1825) was an old name for a hanging clock with pendulum and weights exposed.

waggle(v.)late 15c. (implied in waggling), frequentative of wag (v.). Compare Dutch waggelen “to waggle,” Old High German wagon “to move, shake,” German wackeln “to totter.” Transitive sense from 1590s. Related: Waggled.

(adj.) Look up waggish
“willing to make a fool of oneself, and fond of doing so to others,” 1580s, from wag (n.) + -ish. Related: Waggishly; waggishness

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