Definition of waggery in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈwaɡ(ə)ri/

noun (plural waggeries)

[mass noun]
1 dated Waggish behaviour or remarks; jocularity: the public-school waggery from the older boys
More example sentences
  • He writes, however, as Darwin did not, with dry humor (although he also occasionally descends to donnish waggery).
  • Perhaps you will surprise yourself and end up finding how you too are a mixture of ‘gravity and waggery.’
  • The waggery may be more or less refined, it may run the whole gamut from open clownery to a slightly ironical twinkle, but it is always there.
1.1 [count noun] archaic A waggish action or remark: a man given to little waggeries
More example sentences
  • Anderson's mind is like a grand prix race car, travelling at marvellous speed while spraying myriad waggeries out the window.
  • He had not, indeed, spoken of the thing contemplated as a folly, not being a man given to little waggeries of that nature; but he had been calm, unenthusiastic, and reasonable.
  • See what the critics say of your harmless jokes, neat little trim sentences, and pet waggeries!

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: wag|gery

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.