Synonyms of wave in English:



  • 1 Farrell waved a hand dismissively the linesman waved his flag furiously
    move to and fro, move up and down, wag, waggle; swing, shake, swish, sweep, swipe, brandish, flourish, flaunt, wield, flick, flutter
  • 2 the grass waved in the morning breeze
    ripple, flutter, undulate, stir, flap, sway, swing, waft, shake, quiver, oscillate, move; blow
  • 3 the waiter was waving to them to sit closer
  • 4 her thick dark hair fell in a waving mass to her shoulders
    curl, kink, coil, undulate; crimp, frizz, frizzle
  • Phrases

    wave something aside

    he waved aside her protestdismissrejectset/put/brush asideshrug offdisregardignorespurnrebuffdiscountrepudiateput out of one's mindplay downtreat with contempt informalpooh-poohpour cold water on

    wave something down

    he waved down a taxi and drove offflag downhailsignal to stopstopsignalsummoncallshout toaccost


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  • 1 Whitlock gave him a friendly wave as he drove past
    gesture, gesticulation, hand movement; signal, sign, motion, indication
  • 2 he loves surfing the big waves
    breaker, billow, roller, comber, ripple, white horse, white cap; (waves)swell, surf, froth; Australian/New Zealandbombora
    informal boomer
    North American informal kahuna
  • 3 the wave of emigration to Israel
  • 4 Lee felt a wave of self-pity a crime wave
    surge, rush, ripple, spasm, thrill, frisson, shiver, tingle, stab, dart; upsurge, welling up, outbreak, rash; feeling
  • 5 he had dark hair that sprang in thick waves from his forehead
  • 6 electromagnetic waves light waves
    ripple, vibration, oscillation, undulation
  • Phrases

    make waves

    informal plenty of backbenchers continue to make wavescause troublebe disruptivebe troublesomecause a disturbancemake an impressionbe noticed

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