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waffle
speak equivocally about an issue; N.
waft
move gently (in air or in seas) by wind or waves; Ex. leaves wafting past the window
wag
shake repeatedly from side to side; Ex. The dog wagged its tail; N: humorous person; wit
waggish
humorous; mischievous; tricky
waif
homeless child or animal; Ex. waifs and strays
wallow
roll in mud; indulge in; (of a ship) roll in a rough sea; become helpless; Ex. wallow in the mud/luxury
wan
having a pale or sickly color; pallid
wanderlust
strong longing to travel
wangle
achieve by cleverness or trick; wiggle out; fake; Ex. She tried to wangle an invitation to the party.
wanton
unrestrained; gratuitously cruel; willfully malicious; unchaste; sexually improper; promiscuous; Ex. wanton spending/killing; CF. having no just cause
warble
(of a bird) sing; babble; N.
ward
administrative division of a city; division in a hospital or prison; incompetent person placed under the protection of a guardian; V: guard; ward off: avert
warren
tunnels in which rabbits live; overcrowded living area; crowded conditions in which people live
wastrel
waster; profligate
waylay
ambush; lie in wait for and attack
welt
raised mark from a beating or whipping
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
whine
complain (in a sad voice); make a high sad sound (as in pain or supplication)
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
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
withstand
stand up against; resist successfully
witless
lacking intelligence or wit; foolish; idiotic
witticism
witty saying; wisecrack(clever joking remark)
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.
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
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
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
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