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Wade Tweet Definition of Wade Like Definition of Wade on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An English surname, derived from the Old English for a ford.
  2. (given name, male), derived from the surname.
Wallace Tweet Definition of Wallace Like Definition of Wallace on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A surname, notably of the Scottish patriot William Wallace.
  2. (given name, male), transferred use of the surname since the nineteenth century.
Wallis Tweet Definition of Wallis Like Definition of Wallis on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An alternative name (the German name) for Valais (the French name).
Walter Tweet Definition of Walter Like Definition of Walter on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male)
Wanda Tweet Definition of Wanda Like Definition of Wanda on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A female given name borrowed from Polish, possibly derived from "Wend".
  2. A Bantu language of Tanzania.
Ward Tweet Definition of Ward Like Definition of Ward on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An English occupational surname for a guard or watchman
Warren Tweet Definition of Warren Like Definition of Warren on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A surname.
  2. (given name, male) used in medieval England and revived in the nineteenth century, partly with reference to the surname.
Washington Tweet Definition of Washington Like Definition of Washington on Facebook
proper noun
  1. w:George Washington, George Washington, the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army and first President of the United States of America, from 1789 to 1797.
  2. Washington, D.C., the federal capital of the United States since 1800.
  3. (context, by synecdoche) The government or administrative authority of the United States.
"Washington"s conclusion that Israel likely misused U.S.-made cluster munitions by firing them at civilian areas in Lebanon has brought new pressure on Israel to review its wartime practices." " Cluster-bomb report weighs on Israel, Yahoo News, January 30, 2007.
  1. A (USstate) Capital: Olympia.
  2. A town in the county of Tyne and Wear in the Northeast of England.
  3. (given name, male) popular during the first century of American independence, also in the form George Washington.
Watson Tweet Definition of Watson Like Definition of Watson on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A northern English and Scottish patronymic surname derived from Wat
  2. w:Doctor Watson, Doctor Watson fictional character in, and narrator of the w:Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes stories
  3. Any character who performs as catalyst for the protagonist detective's mental processes in a mystery story; a consciousness that's privy to facts in the case without being in on the conclusions drawn from them until the proper time. After w:William L. DeAndrea?, William L. DeAndrea?, discussing Sir w:Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur Conan Doyle.
Wayne Tweet Definition of Wayne Like Definition of Wayne on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male), transferred use of the surname.
Wendy Tweet Definition of Wendy Like Definition of Wendy on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female).
Wes Tweet Definition of Wes Like Definition of Wes on Facebook
proper noun
  1. Short form of the male given name Wesley.
Wesley Tweet Definition of Wesley Like Definition of Wesley on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An English habitational surname for someone who lived in one of several places containing the elements "west lea"
  2. w:John Wesley, John Wesley, founder of Methodism
  3. (given name, male), transferred use of the surname since the eighteenth century, today often without any religious connotations.
Whitney Tweet Definition of Whitney Like Definition of Whitney on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A habitational surname.
  2. (given name, female) derived from the surname, popular in the 1980s and 1990s.
Wilfred Tweet Definition of Wilfred Like Definition of Wilfred on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male), popular in the U.K. in the early twentieth century.
Wilhelmina Tweet Definition of Wilhelmina Like Definition of Wilhelmina on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female) of German origin; the female form of William.
Will Tweet Definition of Will Like Definition of Will on Facebook
  1. A weak-side linebacker.
    • 1997, F Henderson, M Olson, Football's West Coast Offense, page 7
    • : linebacker drops to turn-in, QB dropping dumps the ball off to HB.
    • 2000, American Football Coaches Association Defensive Football Strategies, page 25
    • :Our linebacker, because he is away from the formation or to the split end, should be a great pursuit man and pass defender.
    • : covers the back side hook zone on the weak side.
proper noun
  1. (given name, male). (form of, A shortening, William)
William Tweet Definition of William Like Definition of William on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male) popular since the Norman Conquest.
Willie Tweet Definition of Willie Like Definition of Willie on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male). (alternative spelling of, Willy)
  2. (given name, female), derived from William, usually given in the form Willie Mae
Willis Tweet Definition of Willis Like Definition of Willis on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An English patronymic surname from the name Will
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname
Willoughby Tweet Definition of Willoughby Like Definition of Willoughby on Facebook
proper noun
  1. Any of several placenames in England and elsewhere, derived from Old English wilig meaning willow and Old Norse byr meaning settlement
  2. An English habitational surname derived from any of the places in England
Willy Tweet Definition of Willy Like Definition of Willy on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male), diminutive of William.
Wilma Tweet Definition of Wilma Like Definition of Wilma on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female), a contraction of Wilhelmina.
  2. A substitute for wilco when used for the phonetic W.
Wilson Tweet Definition of Wilson Like Definition of Wilson on Facebook
proper noun (PersonalName?)
  1. An English, Scottish and northern Irish patronymic surname derived from the given name Will (short form of William)
  2. (given name, male) derived from the surname.
Winifred Tweet Definition of Winifred Like Definition of Winifred on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A female given name; the English form of Gwenfrewi.
Winston Tweet Definition of Winston Like Definition of Winston on Facebook
proper noun
  1. a village in County Durham
  2. a male given name derived from the place name
wolf Tweet Definition of wolf Like Definition of wolf on Facebook
noun (wolves)
  1. A large wild canid (member of the dog family), closely related to, and at times consanguineous to the domestic dog, which is considered a subspecies of the wolf.
  2. (the Wolf) The constellation w:Lupus, Lupus.
  3. A man who makes amorous advances on many women.
verb (wolfs, wolfing, wolfed, wolfed)
  1. (transitive) To devour; to gobble; to eat (something) voraciously.
Woody Tweet Definition of Woody Like Definition of Woody on Facebook
proper noun
  1. Nickname for Woodrow
  2. Given name for a male
Wright Tweet Definition of Wright Like Definition of Wright on Facebook
proper noun
  1. a British occupational surname from a maker of machinery; found in many combinations such as Cartwright
  2. an American surname; a confused anglicization of the French le droit

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