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well-bred
of good upbringing; well-mannered and refined
welt
raised mark from a beating or whipping
welter
confusion; turmoil; confused mass; bewildering jumble; Ex. welter of data
welter
wallow (as in mud or high seas); lie soaked (as in blood); Ex. The victims weltered in their blood.
wheedle
deceive, persuade, or obtain by flattery; cajole; coax; Ex. wheedle a promise out of her
whelp
young animal (esp. of the dog or cat family); young wolf, dog, tiger, etc.
whet
sharpen; stimulate; Ex. whet someone's appetite
whiff
puff or gust (of air, scent, etc.); short-lasting smell; hint; Ex. whiff of perfume/scandal
whim
sudden capricious idea; fancy
whimsical
capricious; fanciful; amusingly strange
whimsy
whim; tendency to behave amusingly strangely; Ex. story full of whimsy
whine
complain (in a sad voice); make a high sad sound (as in pain or supplication)
whinny
neigh like a horse; CF. neigh: make the sound which horses make
whit
small amount; smallest speck; Ex. not a whit of
whittle
pare; cut away thin bits (from wood); fashion in this way; reduce gradually; trim
wholesome
conducive to mental or physical health; healthful
whorl
ring of leaves around stem; ring; circular arrangement; Ex. whorls on the fingers
wiggle
wriggle; move from side to side with irregular twisting motions
willful
wilful; intentional; headstrong
willowy
flexible; pliant; slender; CF. willow
wilt
loose freshness; droop
wily
crafty; cunning; artful; N. wile: deceitful stratagem
wince
move back suddenly; shrink back; flinch; Ex. She winced as she touched the cold body.
windfall
fallen fruit; unexpected lucky event
winnow
sift; separate the chaff from grain by blowing; separate good parts from bad; CF. wind
winsome
charming (in a childlike way); agreeable; gracious; engaging
wisp
small bunch (of hair); faint streak (of smoke)
wispy
thin; slight; barely discernible
wistful
sadly thoughtful (because of desires or memories); sadly pensive; vaguely longing
withdrawn
introverted; retiring; remote
wither
(of a plant) dry up from loss of moisture; lose freshness; shrivel; decay
withhold
refuse to give; hold back; Ex. withholding tax
withstand
stand up against; resist successfully
witless
lacking intelligence or wit; foolish; idiotic
witticism
witty saying; wisecrack(clever joking remark)
wizardry
sorcery; magic
wizened
shriveled; withered; Ex. wizened apple/old lady
woe
great sorrow; deep inconsolable grief; affliction; suffering; Ex. financial woes
woeful
sad; (of something bad) deplorable; deplorably bad; Ex. woeful housing conditions
wont
(the stated person's) habit or custom; habitual procedure; ADJ. wonted: customary
worldly
engrossed in matters of this earth; not spiritual; of the material world
wrangle
quarrel noisily; obtain through arguing; herd cattle; N.
wrath
anger; fury
wreak
inflict; Ex. wreak one's vengeance on
wrench
twist; pull; strain; Ex. He wrenched the gun out of her hands.
wrest
obtain by pulling violently; pull away; take by violence; Ex. wrest victory from their grasp
wretch
miserable person; bad or despicable person; ADJ. wretched: miserable; bad; contemptible; vile
wring
twist (to extract liquid); extract by twisting; wrench painfully (necks or hands)
wrinkle
small ridge on a smooth surface (face or cloth); V.
writ
written command issued by a court (telling someone to do or not to do something)
writhe
twist in coils; contort in pain
wrongheaded
stubbornly wrong
wry
(esp. of an expression of the face) twisted; with a humorous twist (expressing displeasure)
xenophobia
fear or hatred of foreigners; N. xenophobe
yen
strong desire; longing; urge; Ex. yen for travel
yeoman
man or farmer owning small estate; middle-class farmer
yield
amount produced; crop; income on investment; profit obtained from an investment; V: produce; give in; surrender
yoke
join together; unite; N: crossbar used to joining two draft animals
yokel
rustic; country bumpkin;
yore
time long past; Ex. in the days of yore
zany
comic; crazy; N: clown; comical person (given to outlandish behavior)
zeal
eager enthusiasm (to a cause or ideal); ADJ. zealous
zealot
one who is zealous; fanatic; person who shows excessive zeal
zenith
point directly overhead in the sky; summit; acme; highest point
zephyr
gentle breeze; west wind
zest
outer skin of an orange used for giving a special taste to food; spice; interest; flavor; spirited enjoyment; Ex. add a certain zest to the affair; Ex. zest for life