English dictionary


wacky |ˈwæki| — ludicrous, foolish

wad |wɑːd| — a small mass of soft material

wadding |ˈwɑːdɪŋ| — any material used especially to protect something

waddle |ˈwɑːdl| — walking with short steps and the weight tilting from one foot to the other

wade |weɪd| — English tennis player who won many women's singles titles (born in 1945)

wader |ˈweɪdər| — any of many long-legged birds that wade in water in search of food

waders |ˈweɪdərz| — waterproof hip boots (sometimes extending to the chest) worn by anglers

wafer |ˈweɪfər| — a small adhesive disk of paste; used to seal letters

wafer-thin |ˌweɪfəˈθɪn| — very thin

waffle |ˈwɑːfl| — pancake batter baked in a waffle iron

waft |wɑːft| — a long flag; often tapering

wag |wæɡ| — a witty amusing person who makes jokes

wage |weɪdʒ| — something that remunerates

wager |ˈweɪdʒər| — the act of gambling

wages |ˈweɪdʒəz| — a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing

waggery |ˈwæɡəri| — waggish behavior

waggish |ˈwæɡɪʃ| — witty or joking

waggle |ˈwæɡl| — causing to move repeatedly from side to side

waggon |ˈwæɡən| — any of various kinds of wheeled vehicles drawn by an animal or a tractor

waggoner |ˈwæɡənər| — the driver of a wagon

wagon |ˈwæɡən| — any of various kinds of wheeled vehicles drawn by an animal or a tractor

wagon-lit |ˌvæɡɒn ˈliː| — a passenger car that has berths for sleeping

wagoner |ˈwaɡənər| — the driver of a wagon

wagtail |ˈwæɡteɪl| — Old World bird having a very long tail that jerks up and down as it walks

waif |weɪf| — a homeless child especially one forsaken or orphaned

wail |weɪl| — a cry of sorrow and grief

wailer  — a mourner who utters long loud high-pitched cries

wailful |ˈweɪlfəl| — vocally expressing grief or sorrow or resembling such expression

wailing |ˈweɪlɪŋ| — loud cries made while weeping

wain |ˈweɪn| — English writer (1925-1994)

wainscot |ˈweɪnskət| — panel forming the lower part of an interior wall when it is finished differently from the rest of the wall

waist |weɪst| — the narrowing of the body between the ribs and hips

waist-deep |weɪst ˈdiːp| — up to the waist

waist-high |weɪst ˈhaɪ| — up to the waist

waistband |ˈweɪstbænd| — a band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers

waistcoat |ˈweskət| — a man's sleeveless garment worn underneath a coat

waistline |ˈweɪstlaɪn| — the narrowing of the body between the ribs and hips

wait |weɪt| — time during which some action is awaited

wait on |ˈweɪt ɑːn| — work for or be a servant to

waiter |ˈweɪtər| — a person whose occupation is to serve at table (as in a restaurant)

waiting |ˈweɪtɪŋ| — the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something)

waitress |ˈweɪtrəs| — a woman waiter

waive |weɪv| — do without or cease to hold or adhere to

waiver |ˈweɪvər| — a formal written statement of relinquishment

wake |weɪk| — the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event)

wakeful |ˈweɪkfl| — carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger

wakefulness |ˈweɪkfəlnəs| — a periodic state during which you are conscious and aware of the world

wakeless |ˈweɪklɪs| — (of sleep) deep and complete

waken |ˈweɪkən| — cause to become awake or conscious

wakening |ˈweɪkənɪŋ| — the act of waking

waking |ˈweɪkɪŋ| — the state of remaining awake

wale |ˈweɪl| — a raised mark on the skin (as produced by the blow of a whip); characteristic of many allergic reactions

walk |wɔːk| — the act of traveling by foot

walk about |ˈwɑːk əˈbaʊt| — walk with no particular goal

walk away |ˈwɑːk əˈweɪ| — go away from

walk in |ˈwɑːk ɪn| — enter by walking

walk off |ˈwɑːk ˈɒf| — take without permission

walk out |ˈwɑːk ˈaʊt| — stop work in order to press demands

walk over |ˈwɑːk ˈoʊvr̩| — beat easily

walk-on |ˈwɒˈkɑːn| — plays a small part in a dramatic production

walk-up |ˈwɒˌkəp| — an apartment in a building without an elevator

walkaway |ˈwɔːkəweɪ| — an easy victory

walker |ˈwɔːkər| — New Zealand runner who in 1975 became the first person to run a mile in less that 3 minutes and 50 seconds (born in 1952)

walkie-talkie |ˌwɔːki ˈtɔːki| — small portable radio link (receiver and transmitter)

walking |ˈwɔːkɪŋ| — the act of traveling by foot

walkout |ˈwɔːkaʊt| — a strike in which the workers walk out

walkover |ˈwɔːkoʊvər| — backbends combined with handstands

walkway |ˈwɔːkweɪ| — a path set aside for walking

wall |wɔːl| — an architectural partition with a height and length greater than its thickness; used to divide or enclose an area or to support another structure

wall up |ˈwɒl ʌp| — enclose with a wall

wallaby |ˈwɑːləbi| — any of various small or medium-sized kangaroos; often brightly colored

wallah |ˈwɑːlə| — usually in combination: person in charge of or employed at a particular thing

wallet |ˈwɑːlɪt| — a pocket-size case for holding papers and paper money

walleye |ˈwɒˌlaɪ| — strabismus in which one or both eyes are directed outward

wallflower |ˈwɔːlflaʊər| — any of numerous plants of the genus Erysimum having fragrant yellow or orange or brownish flowers

Walloon |wɑːˈluːn| — a member of the French-speaking people living in Belgium

wallop |ˈwɑːləp| — a forceful consequence; a strong effect

walloper |ˈwɑːləpər| — a very hard hitter

walloping |ˈwɑːləpɪŋ| — a sound defeat

wallow |ˈwɑːloʊ| — a puddle where animals go to wallow

wallpaper |ˈwɔːlpeɪpər| — a decorative paper for the walls of rooms

wally |ˈwɔːli| — a silly and inept person; someone who is regarded as stupid

walnut |ˈwɔːlnʌt| — nut of any of various walnut trees having a wrinkled two-lobed seed with a hard shell

walrus |ˈwɔːlrəs| — either of two large northern marine mammals having ivory tusks and tough hide over thick blubber

waltz |wɔːls| — an assured victory (especially in an election)

wamble |ˈwɑːmbəl| — move unsteadily or with a weaving or rolling motion

wampum |ˈwɑːmpəm| — informal terms for money

wan |wæn| — a computer network that spans a wider area than does a local area network

wand |wɑːnd| — a rod used by a magician or water diviner

wander |ˈwɑːndər| — move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

wanderer |ˈwɑːndərər| — someone who leads a wandering unsettled life

wandering |ˈwɑːndərɪŋ| — travelling about without any clear destination

wanderlust |ˈwɑːndərlʌst| — very strong or irresistible impulse to travel

wane |weɪn| — a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)

wangle |ˈwæŋɡl| — an instance of accomplishing something by scheming or trickery

waning |ˈweɪnɪŋ| — a gradual decrease in magnitude or extent

wank |wæŋk| — slang for masturbation

wanker |ˈwæŋkər| — terms of abuse for a masturbator

wanly |ˈwɒnli| — in a weak or pale or languid manner

wanness |ˈwɒn nəs| — unnatural lack of color in the skin (as from bruising or sickness or emotional distress)

want |wɑːnt| — a state of extreme poverty

wanted |ˈwɑntɪd, ˈwɔn-| — characterized by feeling or showing fond affection for

wanting |ˈwɑːntɪŋ| — nonexistent

wanton |ˈwɑːntən| — lewd or lascivious woman

wantonly |ˈwɑːntənli| — in a wanton manner

wapiti |ˈwɑːpɪti| — large North American deer with large much-branched antlers in the male

war |wɔːr| — the waging of armed conflict against an enemy

war-worn |ˈwɔːwɔːn| — laid waste by war

warble |ˈwɔːrbl| — a lumpy abscess under the hide of domestic mammals caused by larvae of a botfly or warble fly

warbler |ˈwɔːrblər| — a singer; usually a singer who adds embellishments to the song

ward |wɔːrd| — a person who is under the protection or in the custody of another

warden |ˈwɔːrdn| — the chief official in charge of a prison

warder |ˈwɔːrdər| — a person who works in a prison and is in charge of prisoners

wardress |ˈwɔːrdrɪs| — a woman warder

wardrobe |ˈwɔːrdroʊb| — a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes

wardroom |ˈwɔːrdruːm| — military quarters for dining and recreation for officers of a warship (except the captain)

ware |wer| — articles of the same kind or material; usually used in combination: `silverware', `software'

warehouse |ˈwerhaʊs| — a storehouse for goods and merchandise

warehouseman |ˈwerhousmən| — a workman who manages or works in a warehouse

warfare |ˈwɔːrfer| — the waging of armed conflict against an enemy

warhead |ˈwɔːrhed| — the front part of a guided missile or rocket or torpedo that carries the nuclear or explosive charge or the chemical or biological agents

warhorse |ˈwɔːrhɔːrs| — a work of art (composition or drama) that is part of the standard repertory but has become hackneyed from much repetition

warily |ˈwerəli| — in a wary manner

wariness |ˈwerinəs| — the trait of being cautious and watchful

warlike |ˈwɔːrlaɪk| — disposed to warfare or hard-line policies

warlock |ˈwɔːrlɑːk| — a male witch or demon

warlord |ˈwɔːrlɔːrd| — supreme military leader exercising civil power in a region especially one accountable to nobody when the central government is weak

warm |wɔːrm| — get warm or warmer

warm up |ˈwɔːrm ʌp| — performing mild exercises to prepare for some more strenuous activity

warm-blooded |wɔːrm ˈblʌdɪd| — having warm blood (in animals whose body temperature is internally regulated)

warm-up |ˈwɔːrˌməp| — exercising in preparation for strenuous activity

warmer |ˈwɔːrmər| — device that heats water or supplies warmth to a room

warming |ˈwɔːrmɪŋ| — the process of becoming warmer; a rising temperature

warmly |ˈwɔːrmli| — in a hearty manner

warmonger |ˈwɔːrmʌŋɡər| — a person who advocates war or warlike policies

warmth |wɔːrmθ| — the sensation caused by heat energy

warn |wɔːrn| — notify of danger, potential harm, or risk

warning |ˈwɔːrnɪŋ| — a message informing of danger

warp |wɔːrp| — a twist or aberration; especially a perverse or abnormal way of judging or acting

warped |ˈwɔːrpt| — used especially of timbers or boards; bent out of shape usually by moisture

warping |ˈwɔːrpɪŋ| — a moral or mental distortion

warplane |ˈwɔːrpleɪn| — an aircraft designed and used for combat

warrant |ˈwɔːrənt| — a writ from a court commanding police to perform specified acts

warrantee |ˌwɒrənˈtiː| — a recipient of a warrant issued by a court in the United States

warranter |ˈwɔːrəntər| — one who provides a warrant or guarantee to another

warrantor |ˈwɒrəntɔːr| — one who provides a warrant or guarantee to another

warranty |ˈwɔːrənti| — a written assurance that some product or service will be provided or will meet certain specifications

warren |ˈwɔːrən| — United States writer and poet (1905-1989)

warring |ˈwɔːrɪŋ| — engaged in war

warrior |ˈwɔːriər| — someone engaged in or experienced in warfare

warship |ˈwɔːrʃɪp| — a government ship that is available for waging war

wart |wɔːrt| — any small rounded protuberance (as on certain plants or animals)

wartime |ˈwɔːrtaɪm| — a period of time during which there is armed conflict

warty |ˈwɔːrti| — (of skin) covered with warts or projections that resemble warts

wary |ˈweri| — openly distrustful and unwilling to confide

wash |wɑːʃ| — a thin coat of water-base paint

wash away |ˈwɑːʃ əˈweɪ| — eliminate

wash down |ˈwɑːʃ ˈdaʊn| — eat food accompanied by lots of liquid; also use metaphorically

wash off |ˈwɑːʃ ˈɒf| — remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent

wash out |ˈwɑːʃ ˈaʊt| — prevent or interrupt due to rain

wash up |ˈwɑːʃ ʌp| — wash one's face and hands

wash-and-wear |ˈwɒʃənˈweə| — a fabric treated to be easily washable and to require no ironing

washable |ˈwɑːʃəbl| — capable of being washed without injury

washbasin |ˈwɑːʃbeɪsn| — a bathroom sink that is permanently installed and connected to a water supply and drainpipe; where you can wash your hands and face

washboard |ˈwɑːʃbɔːrd| — device consisting of a corrugated surface to scrub clothes on

washbowl |ˈwɒʃboʊl| — a bathroom sink that is permanently installed and connected to a water supply and drainpipe; where you can wash your hands and face

washcloth |ˈwɑːʃklɔːθ| — bath linen consisting of a piece of cloth used to wash the face and body

washday |ˈwɑːʃdeɪ| — a day set aside for doing household laundry

washed-out |ˈaʊt| — drained of energy or effectiveness; extremely tired; completely exhausted

washed-up |ˈʌp| — doomed to extinction

washer |ˈwɑːʃər| — someone who washes things for a living

washerman |ˈwɒʃəman| — operates industrial washing machine

washerwoman |ˈwɑːʃərwʊmən| — a working woman who takes in washing

washhouse  — a building or outbuilding where laundry is done

washing |ˈwɑːʃɪŋ| — the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)

washing-up |ˌwɒʃɪŋ ˈʌp| — the washing of dishes etc after a meal

washout |ˈwɑːʃaʊt| — the channel or break produced by erosion of relatively soft soil by water

washroom |ˈwɑːʃruːm| — a lavatory (particularly a lavatory in a public place)

washstand |ˈwɑːʃstænd| — furniture consisting of a table or stand to hold a basin and pitcher of water for washing: `wash-hand stand' is a British term

washtub |ˈwɑːʃtʌb| — a tub in which clothes or linens can be washed

washup  — the act of washing yourself (or another person)

washwoman |ˈwɑːʃˌwʊmən| — a working woman who takes in washing

washy |ˈwɑːʃi| — overly diluted; thin and insipid

wasp |wɑːsp| — a white person of Anglo-Saxon ancestry who belongs to a Protestant denomination

waspish |ˈwɑːspɪʃ| — very irritable

wassail |ˈwɑːseɪl| — a punch made of sweetened ale or wine heated with spices and roasted apples; especially at Christmas

wastage |ˈweɪstɪdʒ| — the process of wasting

waste |weɪst| — any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted

wastebasket |ˈweɪstbæskɪt| — a container with an open top; for discarded paper and other rubbish

wasted |ˈweɪstɪd| — serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being

wasteful |ˈweɪstfl| — inefficient in use of time and effort and materials

wastefulness |ˈweɪstfəlnəs| — the trait of wasting resources

wasteland |ˈweɪstlænd| — an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation

waster |ˈweɪstər| — someone who dissipates resources self-indulgently

wastewater |ˈweɪˌstwɒtər| — water mixed with waste matter

wasting |ˈweɪstɪŋ| — any general reduction in vitality and strength of body and mind resulting from a debilitating chronic disease

wastrel |ˈweɪstrəl| — someone who dissipates resources self-indulgently

watch |wɑːtʃ| — a small portable timepiece

watch out |ˈwɑːtʃ ˈaʊt| — be vigilant, be on the lookout or be careful

watch over |ˈwɑːtʃ ˈoʊvr̩| — follow with the eyes or the mind

watchband  — a band of cloth or leather or metal links attached to a wristwatch and wrapped around the wrist

watchdog |ˈwɑːtʃdɔːɡ| — a guardian or defender against theft or illegal practices or waste

watcher |ˈwɑːtʃər| — a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind)

watchful |ˈwɑːtʃfl| — experiencing or accompanied by sleeplessness

watchfulness |ˈwɒtʃfəlnəs| — the process of paying close and continuous attention

watching |ˈwɑːtʃɪŋ| — the act of observing; taking a patient look

watchmaker |ˈwɑːtʃmeɪkər| — someone who makes or repairs watches

watchman |ˈwɑːtʃmən| — a guard who keeps watch

watchtower |ˈwɑːtʃtaʊər| — an observation tower for a lookout to watch over prisoners or watch for fires or enemies

watchword |ˈwɑːtʃwɜːrd| — a slogan used to rally support for a cause

water |ˈwɔːtər| — binary compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear colorless odorless tasteless liquid; freezes into ice below 0 degrees centigrade and boils above 100 degrees centigrade; widely used as a solvent

water-colour |ˈwɔːtəˌkʌlə| — water-soluble pigment

water-cooled |ˈwɔːtəkuːld| — kept cool or designed to be kept cool by means of water especially circulating water

water-rate |ˈwɔːrtə reɪt| — rate per quarter for water from a public supply

water-repellent |ˈwɒtərrəˈpelənt| — hindering the penetration of water

water-soluble |ˈsɑːljəbəl| — soluble in water

waterborne |ˈwɔːtərbɔːrn| — transported by water

watercolor |ˈwɒtərˌkələr| — a painting produced with watercolors

watercolorist  — a painter who paints with watercolors

watercolour |ˈwɔːtərkʌlər| — water-soluble pigment

watercolourist |ˈwɔːrtəkʌlərɪst| — a painter who paints with watercolors

watercourse |ˈwɔːtərkɔːrs| — natural or artificial channel through which water flows

watercraft |ˈwɔtəkraːft| — skill in the management of boats

watercress |ˈwɔːtərkres| — any of several water-loving cresses

watered |ˈwɒtərd| — (of silk fabric) having a wavelike pattern

waterfall |ˈwɔːtərfɔːl| — a steep descent of the water of a river

waterfowl |ˈwɔːtərfaʊl| — freshwater aquatic bird

waterfront |ˈwɔːtərfrʌnt| — the area of a city (such as a harbor or dockyard) alongside a body of water

watergate |ˈwɑːtərˌɡet| — a political scandal involving abuse of power and bribery and obstruction of justice; led to the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974

wateriness  — the wetness of ground that is covered or soaked with water

watering |ˈwɒtərɪŋ| — shedding tears

waterless |ˈwɔːrtəlɪs| — lacking sufficient water or rainfall

waterline |ˈwɔːtərlaɪn| — a line corresponding to the surface of the water when the vessel is afloat on an even keel; often painted on the hull of a ship

waterlogged |ˈwɔːtərlɔːɡd| — (of soil) soft and watery

waterman |ˈwɒtərmən| — someone who drives or rides in a boat

watermark |ˈwɔːtərmɑːrk| — a line marking the level reached by a body of water

watermelon |ˈwɔːtərmelən| — an African melon

waterproof |ˈwɔːtərpruːf| — any fabric impervious to water

waters |ˈwɒtərz| — United States actress and singer (1896-1977)

waterscape |ˈwɔːtərˌskeɪp| — a painting of the sea (as distinguished from a landscape)

watershed |ˈwɔːtərʃed| — a ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systems

waterside |ˈwɔːtersaɪd| — land bordering a body of water

waterskin  — a container of skin for holding water

waterspout |ˈwɔːtərspaʊt| — a tornado passing over water and picking up a column of water and mist

watertight |ˈwɔːtərtaɪt| — not allowing water to pass in or out

waterway |ˈwɔːtərweɪ| — a navigable body of water

waterwheel |ˈwɔːtərwiːl| — a wheel with buckets attached to its rim; raises water from a stream or pond

waterworks |ˈwɔːtərwɜːrks| — a public utility that provides water

watery |ˈwɑːtəri| — filled with water

watt |wɑːt| — a unit of power equal to 1 joule per second; the power dissipated by a current of 1 ampere flowing across a resistance of 1 ohm

wattle |ˈwɑːtl| — a fleshy wrinkled and often brightly colored fold of skin hanging from the neck or throat of certain birds (chickens and turkeys) or lizards

wattmeter |ˈwɑːtˌmiːtər| — an instrument for measuring in watts the flow of power in an electrical circuit

waul |wɔːl| — make high-pitched, whiney noises

wave |weɪv| — one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)

wave off |ˈweɪv ˈɒf| — dismiss as insignificant

waveform |ˈweɪvfɔːrm| — the shape of a wave illustrated graphically by plotting the values of the period quantity against time

wavefront |ˈweɪvfrʌnt| — (physics) an imaginary surface joining all points in space that are reached at the same instant by a wave propagating through a medium

waveguide |ˈweɪvɡaɪd| — a hollow metal conductor that provides a path to guide microwaves; used in radar

wavelength |ˈweɪvleŋθ| — the distance (measured in the direction of propagation) between two points in the same phase in consecutive cycles of a wave

wavelet |ˈweɪvlət| — a small wave on the surface of a liquid

waver |ˈweɪvər| — someone who communicates by waving

waverer |ˈweɪvərər| — one who hesitates (usually out of fear)

wavering |ˈweɪvərɪŋ| — indecision in speech or action

wavy |ˈweɪvi| — (of hair) having waves

wax |wæks| — any of various substances of either mineral origin or plant or animal origin; they are solid at normal temperatures and insoluble in water

waxed |ˈwækst| — treated with wax

waxen |ˈwæksn| — having the paleness of wax

waxwork |ˈwækswɜːrk| — twining shrub of North America having yellow capsules enclosing scarlet seeds

waxy |ˈwæksi| — capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breaking

way |weɪ| — how something is done or how it happens

way-out |ˌweɪ ˈaʊt| — (informal) strikingly unconventional

waybill |ˈweɪbɪl| — a receipt given by the carrier to the shipper acknowledging receipt of the goods being shipped and specifying the terms of delivery

wayfarer |ˈweɪferər| — a pedestrian who walks from place to place

wayfaring |ˈweɪˌferɪŋ| — traveling (especially on foot)

waylay |weɪˈleɪ| — wait in hiding to attack

wayside |ˈweɪsaɪd| — edge of a way or road or path

wayward |ˈweɪwərd| — resistant to guidance or discipline