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volatile
changeable; explosive; evaporating rapidly
揮発性、怒りっぽい
You've become much more volatile.
volition
act of making a conscious choice
決断力
of one's own volition
自分の意志で
voluble
fluent; glib; talkative
voluminous
bulky; large;
voracious
ravenous
貪欲な、むさぼり食う
have a voracious appetite
もりもり食べる
eat(read) voraciously
vortex
whirlwind; whirlpool; center of turbulence; predicament into which one is inexorably plunged 渦
vouchsafe
grant condescendingly; garantee
I can safely vouchsafe you fair return on your investment.
voyeur
peeping Tom
n:voyeurism
Jill called Jack a voyeur when she caught him aiming his binoculars at a bedroom window.
vulnerable
susceptible to wounds
His opponents could not harm Achilles, who was vulnerable only in his heel.
vulpine
like a fox; crafty
she disliked his sly ways, but granted him a certain vulpine intelligence.
waffle
speak equivocally about an issue.
When asked directly about the governor's involvement in the savings and loan scandal, the press secretary waffled, talking all around the issue.
waft
moved gently by wind or waves.
Daydreaming, he gazed at the leaves that wafted past his window.
waggish
mischievous; humorous; tricky
He was a prankster who, unfortunately, often overlooked the damage he could cause with his waggish tricks.
waif
homeless child or animal
Although he already had eight cats, he could not resist adopting yet another feline waif.
waive
give up temporarily; yeild
wake
homeless child or animal
although he already had eight cats, he could not resist adopting yet another feline waif.
wake
trail of ship or other object through water; path of something that has gone before
The wake of the swan gliding through the water glistened in the moonlight.
wallow
roll in; indulge in; become helpless
The hippopotamus loves to wallow in the mud.
wan
having a pale or sickly color; pallid
Suckiling asked, "Why so pale and wan, found lover?"
wanderlust
strong longing to travel
Don't set your heart on a traveling man. He's got too much wanderlust to settle down.
wane
devrease in size or strength; draw gradually to an end
To wane is the opposite of to wax or invrease in size. Whn lit, does a wax candle wane?
wangle
wiggle out; fake
She tried to wangle an invitation to the party.
wanton (adj)
unrestrained; willfully malicious; unchaste
Pointing to the stack of bills, Sheldon criticized Sarah for her wanton expenditures. In responce, Sara accused Sheldon of making an unfounded, wanton attack.
warble (v)
sing; babble
Every mornig the birds warbled outside her window.
* warranted (adj)
justified; authorized
Before the judge issues the injunction, you must convince her this action is warranted.
warranty (n)
guarantee; assurance by seller
The purchaser of this automobile is protected by the manufacturer's warranty that he will replace any defective part for five years or 50,000 miles.
warren (n)
tunnels in which rabbits live; crowded conditions in which people live
The tenement was a vertable warren, packed with people too poor to live elsewhere.
* wary (adj)
very cautious
The spies grew wary as they approached the sentry.
wastrel (n)
profligate

浪費家・ろくでなし
He was denounced as a wastrel who had dissipated his inheritance.
(遺産を散財する浪費家として非難された)
wax (v)
increase; grow
With proper handling, her fortunes waxed and she became rich.
waylay (v)
ambush; lie in wait

待ち伏せする・不意打ちをかける
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

~を離乳させる・引き離す
He decided he would wean himself away from eating junk food and stick to fruits and vegetables.
weather (v)
endure the effects of weather or other forces

(嵐や困難)を切り抜ける
He weathered the changeds in his personal life with difficulty, as he had no one inwhom to confide.
welt (n)
mark from a beating or whipping

(ムチの跡・みみずばれ)
The evidence of child abuse was very clear; Jennifer's small body was covered with welts and bruises.
* welter (n)
turmoil; bewildering jumble

騒動・混乱
The existing welter of overlapping federal and state proclaims cries out for immediate reform.
welter (v)
wallow

転げまわる・のたうつ
At the height of the battle, the casualties were so numerous that the victims weltered in their blood while waiting for medical attention.
wheedle (v)
cajole; coax; deceive by flattery
She knows she can wheedle almost anything she wants from her father.
whelp (n)
young wolf, dog, tiger, etc
This collie whelp won't do for breeding, but he'd make a fine pet.
whet (v)
sharpen; stimulate
The odors from the kitchen are whetting my appetite; I will be ravenous by the time the meal is served.
whiff (n)
puff or gust (of air, scent, etc.); hint
The slightest whiff of Old Spice cologne brought memories of George to her mind.
* whimsical (n)
capricious; fanciful

気まぐれな
In Mrs. Doubtfire, the hero is a playful, whimsical man who takes a notion to dress up as a woman so that he can look after his children, who are in the custody of his ex-wife.
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 or understanding in your observations.
whittle (v)
pare; cut off bits
As a present for Aunt Polly, Tom whittled some clothespins out of a chunk of wood.
whorl (n)
ring of leaves around stem; ring

渦巻き:唐草模様
Identification by fingerprints is based on the difference in shape and number of the whorls on the fingers.