TO WADDLE
To go like a duck. To waddle out of Change alley as a lame duck; a term for one who has not been able to pay his gaming debts, called his differences, on the Stock Exchange, and therefore absents himself from it.

The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

Wad"dle (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Waddled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Waddling (?).] [Freq. of wade; cf. AS. waedlian to beg, from wadan to go. See Wade.]

To walk with short steps, swaying the body from one side to the other, like a duck or very fat person; to move clumsily and totteringly along; to toddle; to stumble; as, a child waddles when he begins to walk; a goose waddles.

Shak.

She drawls her words, and waddles in her pace. Young.

 

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Wad"dle, v. t.

To trample or tread down, as high grass, by walking through it.

[R.]

Drayton.

 

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