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wart Tweet Definition of wart Like Definition of wart on Facebook
noun
  1. (pathology) A type of growth ocurring on the skin.
weal Tweet Definition of weal Like Definition of weal on Facebook
noun
  1. (literary) welfare
  2. a sound, healthy, or prosperous state of a person or thing; prosperity; happiness; welfare.
wen Tweet Definition of wen Like Definition of wen on Facebook
noun
  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
wheal Tweet Definition of wheal Like Definition of wheal on Facebook
noun (pluralwheals)
  1. A small raised swelling on the skin, often itchy, caused by a blow from a whip or an insect bite etc.
wheeze Tweet Definition of wheeze Like Definition of wheeze on Facebook
noun
  1. A piping or whistling sound caused by difficult respiration.
  2. An ordinary whisper exaggerated so as to produce the hoarse sound known as the "stage whisper"; a forcible whisper with some admixture of tone.
  3. (context, UK, slang) A scheme or plan.
  4. (slang) Something very humorous or laughable.
The new comedy is a .
You think you're going to win? That's a real !
verb (wheezes, wheezing, wheezed)
  1. To breathe hard, and with an audible piping or whistling sound, as persons affected with asthma.
whelk Tweet Definition of whelk Like Definition of whelk on Facebook
noun }
  1. Any one numerous species of large marine gastropods belonging to Buccinum and allied genera, and much used as food in Europe.
whoop Tweet Definition of whoop Like Definition of whoop on Facebook
noun
  1. An exclamation, a cry, usually of joy.
  2. A gasp, characteristic of whooping cough.
  3. (rfv-sense) (context, prison) A sound made by one inmate to warn other inmates that a guard is approaching the area.
verb
  1. (intransitive) To make a whoop.
  2. (rfv-sense) (context, prison) To warn a fellow inmate of an approaching guard.
whooping cough Tweet Definition of whooping cough Like Definition of whooping cough on Facebook
noun
  1. (pathology) A contagious disease of the respiratory system that usually affects children; caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. In the advanced stage it is characterised by spasms of coughing followed by a whooping sound during the intake of breath.
wildfire Tweet Definition of wildfire Like Definition of wildfire on Facebook
noun
  1. A rapidly spreading fire, often occurring in wildland areas, that is out of control.
  2. (historical) Greek fire, Byzantine fire.
  3. A spreading disease of the skin, particularly erysipelas.
  4. (figurative) Something that acts quickly and uncontrollably.
windburn Tweet Definition of windburn Like Definition of windburn on Facebook
noun
  1. (medicine) an irritation of the skin caused by exposure to the wind
wound Tweet Definition of wound Like Definition of wound on Facebook
noun
  1. An injury, such as a cut or tear, to a (usually external) part of the body.
    • 1883: w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
    • :I went below, and did what I could for my ; it pained me a good deal, and still bled freely; but it was neither deep nor dangerous, nor did it greatly gall me when I used my arm.
      1. A hurt to a person's feelings.
      It took a long time to get over the of that insult.
      1. (criminal law) An injury to a person by which the skin is divided or its continuity broken.
verb
  1. (transitive) To hurt or injure (someone) by cutting, piercing, or tearing the skin.
The police officer was wounded during the fight that ensued.
  1. (transitive) To hurt (a person's feelings).
The actor's pride was wounded when the leading role went to his rival.

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