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Characteristic MotionPlay
Used to describe a walking style where balance shifts from side to side. SlideThe toddler would waddle cheerfully around the house.
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Non-Human UsagePlay
Often refers to the movement of certain animals, especially birds like ducks. SlideWatching the ducks waddle across the lawn always made her smile.
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When describing a person, use cautiously to avoid offending as it may imply clumsiness or overweight. SlideThe character in the cartoon waddled, making the children laugh.