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Word Definition
wack old name for decomposed basalt
wadmal thick coarse wool
waftage transportation through water or air
wafture act of waving or wafting
wagonette carriage with one crosswise seat in front, two seats in back
wagtail an obsequious person; a harlot
wainage team and implements needed for cultivation of land
wainscot to line with boards or panels; fine oak panelling
wair timber of six feet in length and one foot in width
waits musicians employed to play on ceremonial occasions
wakerife wakeful; indisposed to sleep
waldflute organ flute stop of 4 feet in length
waldgrave old German title of nobility
waldhorn French valveless hunting horn
wale to choose; the act of choosing
walleteer one who carries a wallet
wallfish snail
wallflower yellowish-red
wallydrag feeble or worthless person or animal
walm to spout; to boil up
walty inclined to tip over or lean
wamble churning of the stomach; wobbling or rolling motion
wame the womb or belly; a protuberant hollow part
wamus cardigan or jacket buttoned at neck and wrists
wanchancy unlucky; uncanny
wang the cheek; a molar
wanhope despair
wanigan pay office in a lumber camp
wanion ill luck; misfortune
wankle unstable or unsteady
wantage deficiency; shortage
wanze to decrease; to waste away
wapenshaw periodic gathering to evaluate readiness of men for combat
wapentake archaic sub-division of certain counties
waqf charitable donation for Islamic religious purposes
warble small tumour suffered by horses under the saddle area
wardcorn payment of corn in place of military service
warden kind of pear used in cooking
wardmote meeting of a ward or a court of a ward
wardroom quarters for ship's officers
warison wealth; reward; punishment
warrantise the act of guaranteeing or warranting; an assurance
warray to make war on
warren heart-shaped hoe
warrener keeper of a warren of rabbits
wase small bundle of hay or straw for resting one's head
washball ball of toilet soap
washboard broad thin plank along ship's gunwale to keep out sea water
washery location where industrial washing takes place
washeteria laundromat or launderette
washi thin Japanese paper used to make kites and lanterns
washland area periodically flooded by river
wasm an outdated policy, doctrine or theory
wassail toast to someone's health; to go caroling or carousing; spiced ale
wasserman man-shaped sea monster
wastel sweet flaky bread made with fine flour and butter
wastelot unused lot of land in a built-up area
waster wooden sword used for practicing fencing
wastive liable to waste
watchet pale blue
watchglass small dish used for holding small amounts of a solution
watching fully afloat
waterage fee paid for travelling on water
waterish resembling or filled with water; insipid or diluted
waterman boatman or ferryman
waterwork piece of fabric painted to resemble a tapestry
wattmeter instrument for measuring electrical power
waulk to full cloth
waulker cloth fuller
wavemeter instrument for measuring wavelengths
waveson goods floating on the sea after a shipwreck
waxcloth oilcloth; linoleum
wayboard thin geological seam separating larger strata
waygone exhausted from long travels
wayment lamentation; grief
waywiser instrument for measuring distance travelled
wayzgoose annual employees' dinner or outing
wear to turn a ship's stern to windward to alter its course
wearish tasteless; savourless
weasand the gullet or windpipe
weatherboard weather side of a ship
weatherly able to sail close to the wind with little leeway
weatherometer instrument for measuring weather-resisting properties of paint
webcast live broadcast transmitted on the World Wide Web
weber unit of magnetic flux equal to 100 million maxwells
webster a female weaver
webwheel wheel in which spokes, rim and centre made from one piece of material
wedeln skiing in a swiveling motion with skis close together
weed garment or outfit worn during mourning
weedicide something that kills weeds
weedy dressed in widow's mourning clothes
weftage texture
wegotism excessive use of the pronoun 'we' in speech or writing
weighage fee paid for weighing goods
weirdward bordering upon the supernatural
weld yellow dye; plant from which it is extracted
welk to twist about
welkin the vault of the sky; firmament; heaven
wellaway expression of sorrow or lamentation; alas
welter to be in a state of turmoil or chaos
wen enormously congested city
wergild fine paid by family of murderer to family of murder victim
wertfrei without value judgement; neutral
westing space or distance westward
wether castrated ram
wey old measure for dry goods usually equal to 40 bushels
whang a leather thong; a thick slice
whangam an imaginary animal
wharfinger keeper or owner of a wharf
whatabouts things with which one is occupied
wheal a Cornish mine
wheaten the golden colour of ripe wheat
wheelhouse shelter where ship's steering wheel kept
wheep sound made by a steel weapon when drawn from a sheath
wheeple to whistle feebly
whelky knobby; rounded
whelve to cover with an upside down vessel
whemmle to overturn; to throw into a state of disorder
whenas when
whencesoever from whatsoever place or source
whereagainst against which
whereinsoever in whatsoever respect or place
whereinto into which; into what
whereof of what
whereon on what
whereout out of which
wherethrough through which; through the agency of
whereuntil to what
wherewith with what
wherret a blow on the ear or side of the head
wherry light shallow boat; barge
whey off-white
whichsoever every one that
whicker to neigh; to bleat
whiff to fish with hand line towed behind a boat
whiffet paltry person; little dog
whiffler official who clears way for a procession
whifflery levity; trifling
whift a slight puff or blast
whiggarchy government by Whigs
whilom formerly; once; former
whin gorse; furze
whinger dirk or short sword
whinstone hard and compact rock
whinyard short sword
whipcat tailor
whipcord fabric with bold twill used for making dresses
whipjack whining beggar who pretends to be a sailor
whippet a small tank
whippletree crosspiece of a carriage to which harnesses attached
whippy pliant; supple
whipsaw narrow saw for cutting timber lengthwise
whipstaff vertical lever controlling ship's rudder
whipstall airplane stall causing nose to whip forward and down
whirret to give a sharp blow to
whiskerando a whiskered person
whiskerine beard-growing contest
whiss to hiss or whistle
whistler mythical bird whose whistle is fatal to the listener
whitecoat white-furred seal pup
whither to what place
whithersoever to any place whatsoever
whitherward toward what or which place
whitleather leather dressed with alum
whitlow abscess around a fingernail
whitster bleacher of cloth and clothing
whittawer one who makes saddles or harnesses
whittle a woollen shawl or blanket
whodunitry genre of writing poor mystery novels
wholestitch weaving stitch that fills in a pattern
whoreson bastard; whore's son; term of contempt
whosoever every one who
wicket small door forming part of larger door of a church or castle
widdershins counterclockwise
widgeon freshwater duck
widget any small manufactured object
wieldless unmanageable
wigan stiff plain-woven cotton
wight a supernatural man-like being
wight nimble; strong; courageous
wilder to cause to stray
wilding that which grows without cultivation
williwaw sudden squall, tumult or disturbance
willowish of the colour of willow leaves
wimble instrument for boring holes; gimlet; auger
wimple cloth covering for head and neck worn by nuns
wincey plain or twilled cotton
windbound hindered from sailing by contrary winds
windcheater windproof jacket
windgall puffy swelling around a horse's joints
windlass winch used to raise a ship's anchor
windlass circuitous movement; indirect action
windle appliance for winding yarn
windlestraw anything light or insubstantial; feeble person
windrose diagram showing yearly wind strengths for a locality
windrow hay raked together into a line
windthrow the blowing over of trees by the wind
winglet a small wing
winkler one who extracts or forces something out little by little
winterbourne intermittent spring of water
winterim short winter term at a private school designed for personal study
winterkill to kill by exposure to cold
winze small ventilating shaft between two levels of a mine
wippen part of piano hammer raised when note played
wirble to whirl; to turn round and round
wiredraw to reduce fluid pressure by passing it through a small orifice
wirewove very fine quality of writing paper
wis to know, to believe
wiseacre someone who unduly assumes air of superior wisdom
wiseling one who pretends to be wise
wisent European bison
wisket a basket
wist to know
wistly longingly; earnestly
witchknot knot in hair supposedly tied by witches
witeless without fault; blameless
witenagemot early English national council
withal besides; therewith; nevertheless; with
withe elastic tool handle to save the hand from shock of blows
withe partition between chimney flues
witherling withered or decrepit person; an adversary
withy flexible; wiry and agile; willow
witling one who utters markedly feeble witticisms
witticaster a petty or inferior wit
wittol one who knows wife's faithlessness and submits to it
witwanton to engage in irreverent wit
wive to take for a wife; to marry a woman
wivern mythical two-legged winged monster
woad broad-leafed plant yielding blue dye
woggle ring of leather or plastic used to thread neckerchief
wold open tract of country
womanthrope a hater of women
womby hollow; capacious
wondermonger one who promises miracles
wonderwork prodigy; miracle; thaumaturgy
wone a dwelling-place; custom or habit
woning state of dwelling; dwelling-place
wontless unaccustomed
wood mad; insane; wild
woodmeal sawdust and other wood waste used as industrial filler
woodreeve overseer of a wood
woodshedding spontaneous barbershop singing
woodwose wild man of the woods, used in heraldry as supporter; satyr or faun
woofits an unwell feeling; depression
woolage untidy hair
woolbird sheep
woold to wind a rope or chain around
woolfell skin with the wool still on it
woolpack cirrocumulus cloud; a bale or bundle of wool
woolsack large wool-filled scarlet sack for the Lord Chancellor
woolsey cotton and wool blend
woolward with wool next to the skin as punishment
woonerf road in a residential district which uses various measures to calm traffic
woopie well-off older person
worcester fine wool
wordbound unable to find expression in words
wordbreak point of division in a word that runs onto the next line
wordish verbose
workerist one who supports worker's rights
workshy hating or avoiding work; lazy
worksome industrious
worldling a person engrossed in concerns of the present world
wormcast spiral heap of earth left by burrowing worm
wormery place where worms are bred
wormil lump in the skin of an animal's back
wormwood something bitter, galling, or grievous
worricow scarecrow; hobgoblin; frightening-looking person
worsement deterioration or deprecation of property without the owner's consent
worsification the composition of bad poetry
wort any herb or vegetable
wort infusion of malt before fermentation
wortle perforated plate through which wire drawn to make thinner
woubit a small and shabby person
woundless harmless
woundy causing wounds; characterized by wounds
woundy excessively; extremely
wrack seaweed or wreckage cast up on shore
wrackful destructive
wranglership position of being a wrangler at Cambridge University
wrawl to caterwaul
wreakless unpunished
wretchock smallest or weakest of a brood
wrick to twist; to sprain; to strain
wright maker; repairer
wristlet wristband; small strap worn around the wrist
writative characterized by an inclination to write
writhled wrinkled; shriveled
wrongous unjust; wrongful
wroth wrathful; in commotion; stormy
wrox to decay; to rot
wuffler agricultural machine for turning and fluffing bales of hay
wurley a nest; an aboriginal hut
wurst large sausage
wurzel kind of beet
wuthering blowing strongly with a roaring sound
wye a Y-branching pipe or railroad track arrangement
wyn old English rune having value 'w'
wynd narrow street or lane
wyrd the personification of fate or destiny

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