Definition of wigwag in English:

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wigwag

Pronunciation: /ˈwɪɡwaɡ/

verb (wigwags, wigwagging, wigwagged)

[no object] North American informal
1Move to and fro: the wipers were wigwagging to keep the windscreen clear
More example sentences
  • Their tails popped up reflexively, almost absurdly long and white, and wigwagged out of sight.
  • Only the ‘dawgs’ will run up on you rappin', walking backwards in front of you, them wigwagging and yapping like little Collie dogs.
1.1Signal by waving something: Ned furiously wigwagged at her
More example sentences
  • Opening the plane's window, I waved at the Dykeses and wigwagged my wings to let them know I saw them.
  • When the small plane crossed paths with military helicopters, as happened two or three times, the researchers held on as Mr. Giles wigwagged to signal he had seen them.
  • Under ideal conditions, a message could be wigwagged over distances of ten to fifteen miles at about three words per minute.

Origin

Late 16th century: reduplication of wag1.

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