Wag

Definition of Wag

v. t.1.To move one way and the other with quick turns; to shake to and fro; to move vibratingly; to cause to vibrate, as a part of the body; as, to wag the head.
[imp. & p. p. Wagged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Wagging.]
No discerner durst wag his tongue in censure.
- Shak.
Every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head.
- Jer. xviii. 16.
v. i.1.To move one way and the other; to be shaken to and fro; to vibrate.
The resty sieve wagged ne'er the more.
- Dryden.
2.To be in action or motion; to move; to get along; to progress; to stir.
"Thus we may see," quoth he, "how the world wags."
- Shak.
3.To go; to depart; to pack oft.
I will provoke him to 't, or let him wag.
- Shak.
n.1.The act of wagging; a shake; as, a wag of the head.
2.A man full of sport and humor; a ludicrous fellow; a humorist; a wit; a joker.
We wink at wags when they offend.
- Dryden.
A counselor never pleaded without a piece of pack thread in his hand, which he used to twist about a finger all the while he was speaking; the wags used to call it the thread of his discourse.
- Addison.

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