Meaning of waggery in English:


Pronunciation /ˈwaɡ(ə)ri/


mass noun
  • 1 dated Waggish behaviour or remarks; jocularity.

    ‘the public-school waggery from the older boys’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Smith's art, in fact, expands upon his previous waggery to include increased interplay between characters, and even more of his intricate detail work.’
    1. 1.1 archaic count noun A waggish action or remark.
      ‘a man given to little waggeries’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘A series of gymnastics and equestrian exhibitions wound up the entertainments of the evening, which were interspersed with the witticisms and waggeries of two very clever clowns.’
      • ‘In describing a fairy story which they think adults might possibly read for their own entertainment, reviewers frequently indulge in such waggeries as: ‘this book is for children from the ages of six to sixty’.’