waffle

You might think of a waffle as a grid-patterned pancake-like food that's tasty with syrup, and you'd be right. But the word is also a verb that means to avoid making a definitive decision.

The verb waffle seems to have its origins in the 1690s as the word waff, "to yelp," possibly in imitation of the yelping of dogs. The word soon came to mean "to talk foolishly" and then eventually "to vacillate, to change." The food term waffle, as part of "waffle iron," appeared in 1794, a descendant of the Dutch word wafel, which comes from the same Germanic source as weave: it's easy to see the waffle pattern as similar to a woven fabric.

Primary Meanings of waffle

1.
n
pancake batter baked in a waffle iron
2.
v
pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
Full Definitions of waffle
1

n pancake batter baked in a waffle iron

Types:
Belgian waffle
thick sweet waffle often eaten with ice cream or fruit sauce
Type of:
cake
baked goods made from or based on a mixture of flour, sugar, eggs, and fat
2

v pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness

Synonyms:
hesitate, waver
Types:
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dwell on, linger over
delay
boggle
hesitate when confronted with a problem, or when in doubt or fear
hover, linger
move to and fro
hover, oscillate, vacillate, vibrate
be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action
falter, waver
be unsure or weak
shillyshally
be uncertain and vague

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