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volatile
adj. changeable; explosive; evaprating easily




the climate is volatile
her temper is volatile
volatil liquid
volition
n. act of making a conscious choice


She selected this dress of her own volition
voluble
adj. fluent; glib; talkative



an excessively voluble speaker
voluminous
adj. bulky; large


it's a voluminous garment
voracious
adj. ravenous



the wolf is a voracious animal; its hunger never satisfied
vortex
n. whilrwind; whirlpool; center of turbulence; predicament into which one is inexorably plunged
vouchsafe
v. grant condescendingly; guarantee


I can safely vouchsafe you fair return on your investment
voyeur
n. peeping tom


caught him aiming his binoculars at the bedroom window
vulpine
adj. like a fox; crafty


She disliked his sly ways, but granted him a certain vulpine intelligence
waffle
v. speak equivocally about an issue


the secretary waffled, talking all around the issue
waft
v. moved gently by wind or waves


the leaves wafted past his window
waggish
adj. mischievous; humorous; tricky


waggish tricks
waif
n. homeless child or animal


he adopted another feline waif
wake
n. trail of ship or other object through water; path of somethinhg that has gone before



wake of the swan gliding thru the water

wake of the tornadow
wallow
v. roll in; indulge in; become helpless


The hippo loves to wallow in mud
wan
adj. having a pale or sickly color; pallid
wanderlust
n. strong longing to travel


He's too much of a wanderlust to settle down
wangle
v. wiggle out; fake


she tried to wangle an invitation to the party
wanton
adj. unrestrained; willfully malicious; unchaste

wanton expenditures
She accused Nicole of making an unfounded, wanton attack
warble
v. sing; babble



every morning the birds warbled outside her window
warren
n. tunnels in which rabbits live; crowded conditions in which people live
wary
adj. very cautious


the spies grew wary as they approached the sentry
wastrel
n. profligate (utterly and shamelessly immoral or dissipated; throughly dissolute; recklessly prodigal or extravagant)

He was denounced as a wastrel who had dissipated his inheritance
wax
v. increase; grow


her fortunes waxed and she became rich
waylay
v. ambush; lie in wait


They agreed to waylay their victim as he passed through the dark alley going home
wean
v. accustom a baby not to nurse; give up a cherished activity

he decided to wean himself from eating junk food
weather
v. endure the effects of weather or other forces



He weathered the changes in his personal life w/ difficulty
welt
n. mark from a beating or whipping


her body was covered in welts and bruises
welter
n. turmoil; bewildering jumble


the existing welter of overlapping federal and state proclaims cries out for immediate reform

v. wallow
the victims weltered in their blood
wheedle
v. cajole; coax; deceive by flattery



she knows she can wheedle just about anything she wants from her father
whelp
n. young wolf, dog, tiger etc
whet
v. sharpen; stimulate


the odors from the kitchen are whetting my appetite
whiff
n. puff or gust (of air or scent)


get a whiff of his cologne
whimsical
n. capricious; fanciful; unpredictable


In Mrs. Doubtfire, he is a whimsical man

n. whimsy
whinny
v. neigh like a horse



When he laughed through his nose, it sounded as if he whinnied
whit
n. smallest speck



there is not a whit of intelligence in your observations
whittle
v. pare; cut off bits


He whittled some clothespins out of wood
whorl
n. ring of leaves around stem; ring

fingerprints - based on whorls on fingers
willful
adj. intentional ; headstrong


willful murder
willful youth
wily
adj. cunning; artful
wince
v. shrink back; flinch


the screech of the chalk on the blackboard made her wince
windfall
n. fallen fruit; unexpected lucky event

this huge tax refund is quite a windfall
winnow
v. sift; separate good parts from bad


this test will winnow out the amazing students from the dumb ones
winsome
adj. agreeable; gracious; engaging


Jocelyn's winsome manner is why she is liked by everyone
wispy
adj. thin; slight; barely discernible


He was worried about preserving his wispy tufts of hair
wistful
adj. vaguely longing; sadly pensive

She looked at the couples dancing with a wistful glance
withdrawn
adj. introverted; remote


the researcher is very withdrawn
witless
adj. foolish; idiotic
witticism
n. witty saying; wisecrack


your last supposed witticism really hurt my feelings
wizened
adj. withered; shriveled



a wizened old man
woe
n. deep, inconsolable grief; affliction; suffering


Pale and wan w/ grief, she was bowed down beneath the burden of her woes
wont
n. custom; habitual procedure


As was her wont, she jogged 2 miles every morning before going to work
worldly
adj. engrossed in matters of this earth; not spiritual
wrangle
v. quarrel; obtain through arguing; herd cattle


They wrangled over their inheritance
wreak
v. inflict


I am afraid he will wreak his vengeance on the innocent as well as the guilty
wrench
v. pull strain; twist


She wrenched free of her attacker
wrest
v. pull away; take by violence


With only 10 seconds left, our team wrested victory from their grasp
writ
n. written command issued by a court
writhe
v. twist in coils; contort in pain

the snake dancer wriggled sinuously as her boa constrictor writhed around her torso
wry
adj. twisted; w/ a humorous twist

wry wit
xenophobia
n. fear or hatred of foreigners
yen
n. longing; urge


She had a yen to get away and live on her own
yeoman
n. man owning small estate; middle-class farmer
yoke
v. join together, unite



I don't wanna be yoked to him in marriage
yokel
n. country bumpkin


the students laughed at the yokel's rustic mannerisms
yore
n. time past



She dreamed of the elegant homes of yore
zany
adj. crazy; comic



I can watch these zany cartoons for hours
zenith
n. poit directly overhead in the sky; summit


when the sun was at its zenith, the glare was not as strong as at sunrise and sunset
zephyr
n. gentle breeze; west wind

zephyr on the charles