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wad Tweet Definition of wad Like Definition of wad on Facebook
  1. An amorphous, compact mass.
Our cat loves to play with a small of paper.
  1. A substantial pile (normally of money).
With a of cash like that, she should not have been walking round Manhattan
  1. A soft plug or seal, particularly as used between the powder and pellets in a shotgun cartridge.
  2. (cattag2, Vulgarities, Slang) an ejaculation of semen.
verb (wads, wadding, wadded)
  1. To crumple or crush into a compact, amorphous shape or ball.
She wadded up the scrap of paper and threw it in the trash.
waddy Tweet Definition of waddy Like Definition of waddy on Facebook
noun (wadd, ies)
  1. (colloquial) A cowboy.
    • 1992, w:Cormac_McCarthy, Cormac McCarthy?, All the Pretty Horses,
    • : This is how it was with the old waddies, aint it?
wage Tweet Definition of wage Like Definition of wage on Facebook
  1. an amount of money paid to a worker for a specified quantity of Wikipedia:Labour (economics), work, usually expressed on an hourly basis.
verb (wag, ing)
  1. to conduct or carry out.
to war
waggon Tweet Definition of waggon Like Definition of waggon on Facebook
  1. A four-wheeled cart for hauling loads, usually pulled by horses or oxen.
  2. A four-wheeled cart for hauling loads, usually pushed or pulled by human force.
  3. A child"s riding toy, four-wheeled and pulled or steered by a long handle in the front.
  4. (context, US, AU, slang) A station waggon.
  5. (slang) A paddy waggon.
  6. A truck, or lorry.
  7. (context, Ireland, slang) An immoral woman, slapper.
  1. (transitive) To transport by means of a waggon.
  2. (intransitive) To travel in a waggon.
wagon Tweet Definition of wagon Like Definition of wagon on Facebook
  1. A four-wheeled cart for hauling loads, usually pulled by horses or oxen.
  2. A four-wheeled cart for hauling loads, usually pushed or pulled by human force.
  3. A child"s riding toy, four-wheeled and pulled or steered by a long handle in the front.
  4. (context, US, AU, slang) A station wagon.
  5. (slang) A paddy wagon.
  6. A truck, or lorry.
  7. (context, Ireland, slang) An immoral woman, slapper.
  1. (transitive) To transport by means of a wagon.
  2. (intransitive) To travel in a wagon.
walk Tweet Definition of walk Like Definition of walk on Facebook
  1. A trip made by walking.
I take a walk every morning
  1. A distance walked.
It"s a long walk from my house to the library
  1. A manner of walking.
The Ministry of Silly Walks is underfunded this year
  1. A path, sidewalk/pavement or other maintained place on which to walk. Compare trail.
  2. (baseball) An instance of walking a batter.
The pitcher now has two walks in this inning alone
wallet Tweet Definition of wallet Like Definition of wallet on Facebook
  1. A flat case, often made of leather, for keeping money (especially paper money), credit cards, etc.
warder Tweet Definition of warder Like Definition of warder on Facebook
  1. a guard, especially in a prison
warehouse Tweet Definition of warehouse Like Definition of warehouse on Facebook
  1. A place for store, storing large amounts of products (wares). In logistics, a place where products go to from the manufacturer before going to the retailer.
verb (warehouses, warehousing, warehoused, warehoused)
  1. To store, as in a warehouse.
warm Tweet Definition of warm Like Definition of warm on Facebook
  1. To make or keep
    1. Adjective, warm.
    2. To increasingly favour.
    He is warming to the idea.
    Her classmates are gradually warming to her.
  1. A temperature slightly higher than usual, but still pleasant; a Mild, mild temperature.
The tea is still .
  1. Something that causes warmth, or the impression thereof.
This is a very room.
  1. care, Caring, of relations to another person.
We have a friendship.
    • 1985: Robert Ferro, Blue Star
    • : It seemed I was too excited for sleep, too , too young.
      1. (context, archaic) Ardent, zealous.
    • 1776: Edward Gibbon, The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Chapter 1
    • : To the strength and fierceness of barbarians they added a contempt for life, which was derived from a persuasion of the immortality and transmigration of the soul.
waster Tweet Definition of waster Like Definition of waster on Facebook
  1. (pejorative) One who, or that which, wastes; one who squanders; one who consumes or expends extravagantly; a spendthrift; a prodigal.
  2. An imperfection in the wick of a candle, causing it to waste; -- called also a thief.
  3. A kind of cudgel; also, a blunt-edged sword used as a foil.
waterproof Tweet Definition of waterproof Like Definition of waterproof on Facebook
  1. Unaffected by water.
  2. Made of or covered with material that doesn't allow water in.
waxy Tweet Definition of waxy Like Definition of waxy on Facebook
adjective (waxier, waxiest)
  1. Resembling wax in texture or appearance.
way out Tweet Definition of way out Like Definition of way out on Facebook
  1. An exit
Wear Tweet Definition of Wear Like Definition of Wear on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A river in the county of Tyne and Wear in north east England. The city of Sunderland is found upon its banks.
week Tweet Definition of week Like Definition of week on Facebook
  1. A period of seven days.
  2. The seven days beginning with Sunday or Monday.
wen Tweet Definition of wen Like Definition of wen on Facebook
  1. a cyst on the skin
    • 1973: Creeps, foreigners with tinted, oily skin, wens, sties, cysts, wheezes, bad teeth, limps, staring or"worse"with Strange Faraway Smiles. " Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow
whist Tweet Definition of whist Like Definition of whist on Facebook
  1. A four-player card game, similar to bridge.
  1. silent, Silent
White Tweet Definition of White Like Definition of White on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a British surname from a nickname for someone with white hair
Whitehall Tweet Definition of Whitehall Like Definition of Whitehall on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (London) a wide street in Westminster between Parliament Square and Trafalgar Square; it houses several government offices
    1. a personification of the British government or civil service
whittle Tweet Definition of whittle Like Definition of whittle on Facebook
  1. a large knife
verb (whittl, ing)
  1. (context, transitive, or, intransitive) To cut or shape wood with a knife.
  2. (transitive) To reduce or gradually eliminate something (such as a debt).
wicket Tweet Definition of wicket Like Definition of wicket on Facebook
  1. A small door or gate, especially one associated with a larger one
  2. A small window or other opening, sometimes fitted with a grating
  3. (Cricket) One of the two wooden structures at each end of the pitch, consisting of three vertical stumps and two bails; the target for the bowler, defended by the batsman
  4. (Cricket) A dismissal; the act of a batsman getting out
  5. (Cricket) The period during which two batsmen bat together
  6. (Cricket) The pitch
  7. (Cricket) The area around the stumps where the batsmen stand
  8. (Croquet) Any of the small arches through which the balls are driven
  9. (snowboarding): A temporary metal attachment that one attaches one's lift-ticket to.
wide Tweet Definition of wide Like Definition of wide on Facebook
  1. (cricket) A ball that passes so far from the batsman that the umpire deems it unplayable; the arm signal used by an umpire to signal a wide; the extra run added to the batting side's score
adjective (wid, er)
  1. Having a large physical extent from side to side.
We walked down a corridor.
  1. Large in scope.
The inquiry had a remit.
  1. (sports) Operating at the side of the playing area.
That team needs a decent player.
wig Tweet Definition of wig Like Definition of wig on Facebook
  1. A head of real or synthetic hair worn on the head to disguise baldness; for cultural or religious reasons; for fashion; or by actors to help them resemble the character they are portraying.
verb (wigg, ing)
  1. To put on a wig; to provide with a wig (especially of an actor etc.).
  2. (colloquial) To upbraid, reprimand.
  3. (colloquial) To become very excitable or emotional; to lose control of one's emotions.
wigging Tweet Definition of wigging Like Definition of wigging on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) The action of the verb to wig.
  2. (context, UK, colloquial, dated) A telling-off or reprimand.
    • 1888: His Colonel talked to him severely when the cold weather ended. That made him more wretched than ever; and it was only an ordinary "Colonel's "! " Rudyard Kipling, "Thrown Away", Plain Tales from the Hills (Folio Society 2005, p. 18)
wight Tweet Definition of wight Like Definition of wight on Facebook
  1. (archaic) A living creature, especially a human being.
  2. (context, paganism) A being of one of the Nine Worlds of heathen belief, especially a nature spirit, elf or ancestor.
  1. (archaic except in dialects) brave, valorous, strong
wing Tweet Definition of wing Like Definition of wing on Facebook
  1. An appendage of an animal's (bird, bat, insect) body that enables it to fly.
  2. (context, slang) Human arm.
  3. Part of an airplane that produces the lift for rising into the air.
  4. Part of a building, an extension from the main building
  5. Part of a huge room. (rfv-sense, Is this right? Could not find any proof. Hekaheka Jul 4, 2007)
  6. A fraction of a political movement. Usually implies a position apart from the mainstream center position.
  7. A military air unit, smaller than a division but larger than a group or squadron.
  8. A panel of a car which encloses the wheel area, especially the front wheels.
  9. (context, nautical) A platform on either side of the bridge of a vessel, normally found in pairs.
  10. (context, hockey, football, icehockey) A position in several field games on either side of the field.
  1. (transitive) To injure slightly (as with a gunshot), especially in the arm.
  2. (intransitive) To fly.
  3. (intransitive) wing it: To act or speak extemporaneously; to improvise.
withy Tweet Definition of withy Like Definition of withy on Facebook
noun (withies)
  1. The osier willow (Salix viminalis).
  2. A long flexible twig of the osier; a withe.
witting Tweet Definition of witting Like Definition of witting on Facebook
  1. (obsolete) knowledge, awareness
    • Late C14: for his wyf was at a someres game, / Wií¾outen his wityng, he forsook hire eke. " Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Wife of Bath's Prologue" ll. 648-9, Canterbury Tales (Oxford 1988, p. 113)
  1. (present participle of, wit)
  1. aware
  2. done consciously; intentional
witty Tweet Definition of witty Like Definition of witty on Facebook
adjective (wittier, wittiest)
  1. (archaic) Possessing a strong intellect or intellectual capacity.
Merlin was perhaps more than magical.
  1. Clever; amusingly ingenious.
His speech was both and informative.
  1. Full of wit.
His frequent quips mark him as particularly .
  1. quick of mind; insightful; in possession of wits
She may have grown older, but she has grown no less .
wizard Tweet Definition of wizard Like Definition of wizard on Facebook
noun (feminine wizardess)
  1. (fantasy) One who uses (or has skill with) magic, mystic items, and magical and mystical practices.
  2. One who is especially skilled or unusually talented with a particular field.
  3. (computing) Computer program or script used to simplify complex operations for an inexperienced user.
wobbegong Tweet Definition of wobbegong Like Definition of wobbegong on Facebook
  1. Any of six species of bottom-dwelling carpet sharks in the Orectolobidae family, distinguished by their small vegetation-like flaps of skin around their mouth.
Wolf Cub Tweet Definition of Wolf Cub Like Definition of Wolf Cub on Facebook
noun (plural Wolf Cubs)
  1. (context, mostly, british) A Cub Scout.
workhouse Tweet Definition of workhouse Like Definition of workhouse on Facebook
  1. a prison in which the sentence includes manual labour
  2. formerly, an institution for the poor homeless, funded by the local parish where the able-bodied were required to work
(wikipedia, Poor Law)      
Worship Tweet Definition of Worship Like Definition of Worship on Facebook
  1. A form of address of a mayor and other dignitary, dignitaries
Worshipful Tweet Definition of Worshipful Like Definition of Worshipful on Facebook
  1. (British) a respectful form of address used in the name of livery companies (such as "The Worshipful Company of Scriveners")
wowser Tweet Definition of wowser Like Definition of wowser on Facebook
  1. A person with a strong moral views for temperance, abstinence, etc, and who promotes them generally or in particular seeks to impose them on other people.
  2. (obsolete) A lout or similar disruptive person.
wren Tweet Definition of wren Like Definition of wren on Facebook
noun (plural wrens)
  1. Members of a mainly New World passerine bird family Troglodytidae.
  2. Small bird of similar appearance to a true wren.
wholemeal Tweet Definition of wholemeal Like Definition of wholemeal on Facebook
  1. (context, of bread or flour) containing or made from the whole grain

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