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whiff
puff or gust (of air, scent, etc) hint
whimsical
capricious, fanciful
whinny
neigh like a horse. eg. when he laughed through his nose, it sounded as if he whinnied.
whit
smallest speck. eg there is not a whit of intelligence or understanding in your observation.
whittle
cut off bits, pare. eg. As a [resent for Aunt Polly, Tom whittled some clothespins out of a chunk of wood.
whorl
ring of leaves around stem, ring
willful
intentional, headstrong. eg Scott Peterson had planned to kill his wife for months, clearly, her death was a case of deliuberate, willful murder, not a crime of passion comitted by a hasty, willful youth unable to foresee the consequences of his deeds.
wily
cunning, artful (smart). eg. she is as wily as a fox in avoiding trouble.
wince
shrink back, flinch. The screech of the chalk on the blackboard made her wince.
windfall
fallen fruit, unexpecte lucky event.
winnow
sift, separate good parts from the bad. eg. This test will winnow out the students who study from those who don't bother. (Me)
winsome
agreeable, gracious, engagng.
by her winsome manner, she made herself liked by everyone who met her. (me)
wanderlust
strong longing to travel. Don't set your heart on a traveling man. He's got too uch wanderlust to settle down. (me)
wane
decrease in size or strength, draw gradually toan end.
wangle
wiggle out, fake. She tried to wangle an invitation to the party.
wanton
unrestrained, wilfully malicious, unchaste. Pointing to the stack of bills, Sheldon criticised sarah for her wanton expenditures. In response, sara accused sheldon of making an unfounded, wanton attack.
warble
sing, babble. Every morning the birds warbled outside her window.
warranted
justified, authorised. Before the judge issues the injunction, you must convince her this action is warranted.
warranty
gurantee, assurance by seller
warren
tunnesl in which rabbits live, crowded condition in which people live. The tenement was a veritable warren, packed with people too poor to live elsewhere.
wary
very cautious. The spies grew wary as they approached the sentry.
wastrel
profligate, parasite, useless person. (me) He was denounced as a wastrel who had dissipiated his inheritance.
wax
increase, grow. With proper handling, her fortunes waxed and she became rich.
waylay.
ambush, lie in wait. They agreed to waylay their victim as he passed through the dark alley going home.
wean
accustom a baby not to nurse, give up a cherished activity. He decided he would wean himself away from eating junk foodand stick to fruits and vegetables.
weather
endure the effects of weather or other forces. He weathered the changes in her personal life with difficulty,as he had no one in whom to confide.
welt
mark from beating or whipping. The evidence of child abuse was very clear; Jennifer's small body was covered with welts and bruises.
welter
turmoil, bewildering jumble. The existing welter of overlapping federal and state proclaims cries out for immediate reform.
welter
wallow, people getting aggressive /protest. At the height of the battle, the casualties were so numerous that the civtims eltered in their blood while waiting for medical attention.
wheedle
cajole, coax, deceive by flattery. She knows she can wheedle almost anything she wants from her father.
whelp
young wolf, dog, tiger, etc. This collie whelp wont' do for breeding, but he'd make a fine pet.
whet
sharpen, stimulate. The odors from the kitchen are whetting my appetite; I will be ravenous (starved to death) by the time the meal is served.
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 lan scandal, the press secretary waffled, talking all around the issue.
waft
moved gently by wind or waves. Day dreaming, 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 chid or animal. Although he already had eight cats, he could not resist adopting yet another feine wait.
waive
give up temporaily, yeild
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 hippopotamusloves to wallow in the mud.
wan
having a pale or sickly color, pallid. Suckling asked, 'why so pale and wan, fond lover?'
volatile
changeable, explosive, evaporating rapidly.
volition
act of making a consciouss choice. She selected this dress of her own volition.
voluble
fluent, glib, talkative. An excessively voluble speaker suffers from logorrhea: he continually runs off at the mouth. (me)
voluminous
bulky, large