English dictionary


whack |wæk| — the sound made by a sharp swift blow

whacked |wækt| — (British informal) exhausted or worn out

whacker |ˈwækər| — something especially big or impressive of its kind

whacking |ˈwækɪŋ| — the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows

whale |weɪl| — a very large person; impressive in size or qualities

whale-oil |ˈweɪlɔɪl| — Any of various oils and fats extracted from the blubber of whales and used in the manufacture of soap and lubricants (formerly as an illuminating oil).

whaleboat |ˈweɪlbəʊt| — a long narrow boat designed for quick turning and use in rough seas

whalebone |ˈweɪlbəʊn| — a horny material from the upper jaws of certain whales; used as the ribs of fans or as stays in corsets

whaleman |ˈweɪlmən| — A male whaler.

whaler |ˈweɪlər| — a seaman who works on a ship that hunts whales

whaling |ˈweɪlɪŋ| — The practice of hunting whales.

whammy |ˈwæmɪ| — a serious or devastating setback

whang |ˈwæŋ| — the act of hitting vigorously

wharf |wɔːrf| — a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats

wharfage |ˈwɔːrfɪdʒ| — a fee charged for the use of a wharf or quay

wharfinger |ˈhwɔːrfɪndʒər| — (chiefly historical) The owner or manager of a wharf.

wharves |wɔːrvz| — plural form of wharf

what |wʌt| — (interrogative) Which thing, event, circumstance, etc.: used interrogatively in asking for the specification of an identity, quantity, quality, etc.

what-for |wɒt ˈfɔːr| — (colloquial) For what reason; why.

what-not |ˈwɒtnɒt| — Alternative spelling of whatnot.

whatever |wətˈevər| — one or some or every or all without specification

whatnot |ˈwɑːtnɑːt| — miscellaneous curios

whatsis |ˈwɒtsɪs| — something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known

whatsit |ˈwɑːtsɪt| — A thing (used in a vague way to refer to something whose name one cannot recall, or that one is embarrassed to say)

whatsoever |wɒtsəʊˈevə| — one or some or every or all without specification

wheat |wiːt| — annual or biennial grass having erect flower spikes and light brown grains

wheedle |ˈwiːdl| — influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

wheedling |ˈwiːdəlɪŋ| — the act of urging by means of teasing or flattery

wheel |wiːl| — a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes (or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle (as in vehicles or other machines)

wheelbarrow |ˈwiːlbærəʊ| — a cart for carrying small loads; has handles and one or more wheels

wheelbase |ˈwiːlbeɪs| — the distance from the center of a car's front wheel to the rear axle

wheelchair |ˈwiːltʃer| — a movable chair mounted on large wheels; for invalids or those who cannot walk; frequently propelled by the occupant

wheeled |ˈwiːld| — having wheels; often used in combination

wheeler |ˈwiːlər| — Scottish archaeologist (1890-1976)

wheeler-dealer |ˌwiːlə ˈdiːlər| — (informal) A shrewd, and often unscrupulous, person who advances his own interests by scheming; a hustler; political or commercial shady operator.

wheelhorse  — A person who labors heavily for a particular cause, without being concerned about recognition

wheelhouse |ˈwiːlhaʊs| — an enclosed compartment from which a vessel can be navigated

wheeling |ˈwiːlɪŋ| — a city in the northern panhandle of West Virginia on the Ohio river

wheelman |ˈhwiːlmən| — A driver of an automobile, especially a getaway vehicle in a criminal enterprise.

wheelsman |ˈhwiːlzmən| — (nautical) helmsman

wheelwork  — mechanical device including an arrangement of wheel in a machine (especially a train of gears)

wheelwright |ˈwiːlraɪt| — someone who makes and repairs wooden wheels

wheeze |wiːz| — breathing with a husky or whistling sound

wheezing |ˈhwiːzɪŋ| — relating to breathing with a whistling sound

wheezy |ˈwiːzɪ| — having a tone of a reed instrument

whelk |welk| — large marine snail much used as food in Europe

whelm |(h)welm| — overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

whelp |welp| — young of any of various canines such as a dog or wolf

when |wen| — (interrogative) Used to introduce questions about time.

whence |wens| — from what place, source, or cause

whenever |wenˈevər| — At whatever time.

whensoever |ˌwensəʊˈevər| — whenever; at any time at all

where |wer| — While on the contrary; although; whereas.

whereabout  — (archaic) About which; concerning which.

whereabouts |ˈwerəbaʊts| — the general location where something is

whereas |ˌwerˈæz| — (obsolete) Where (that).

whereat |(h)werˈat| — at which, or toward which

whereby |werˈbaɪ| — By which.

wherefore |ˈwerfɔːr| — the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase `the whys and wherefores'

wherefrom |ˌ(h)werˈfrəm| — (archaic) from which

wherein |werˈɪn| — How, or in what way.

whereinto  — Into which.

whereof |werˈʌv| — Of what; of which; of whom.

wheresoever |ˌweəsəʊˈevər| — where in the world

whereto |ˌweəˈtuː| — (archaic, interrogative) To what; to which place, whither?

whereupon |ˌwerəˈpɑːn| — After which.

wherever |werˈevər| — where in the world

wherewith |ˈwerwɪθ| — (archaic) With which; with what.

wherewithal |ˈwerwəˌðɒl| — the necessary means (especially financial means)

wherry |ˈwerɪ| — sailing barge used especially in East Anglia

whet |wet| — make keen or more acute

whether |ˈweðər| — Bible, Matthew xxi. 31

whetstone |ˈwetstəʊn| — a flat stone for sharpening edged tools or knives

whew |hwjuː| — An expressive sound made indicating the release of one's inner tension; the release of breath; an expression of relief.

whey |weɪ| — the serum or watery part of milk that is separated from the curd in making cheese

which |wɪtʃ| — (relative) Who; whom; what (of those mentioned or implied).

whichever |wɪtʃˈevər| — Any one or a number of a group.

whichsoever |ˌwɪtʃ səʊˈevər| — emphatic form of whichever

whicker |ˈ(h)wɪkər| — the characteristic sounds made by a horse

whid  — A quick motion; a rapid, quiet movement, usually by small game.

whiff |wɪf| — a short light gust of air

whiffet |ˈhwɪfɪt| — A little whiff or puff.

whiffle |ˈ(h)wɪfəl| — A short blow or gust

whiffy |ˈwɪfɪ| — (colloquial) Having a bad smell.

Whig |wɪɡ| — a member of the political party that urged social reform in 18th and 19th century England; was the opposition party to the Tories

while |waɪl| — a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition

while away |ˈwaɪl əˈweɪ| — spend or pass, as with boredom or in a pleasant manner; of time

whiles |ˈwaɪlz| — (archaic or Scotland) sometimes; at times

whilom |ˈhwaɪləm| — (dated) Once upon a time, formerly.

whilst |ˈwaɪlst| — (chiefly UK) While, at the same time.

whim |wɪm| — a sudden desire

whim-wham |ˈwɪmwam| — Alternative form of whim-wham.

whimper |ˈwɪmpər| — a complaint uttered in a plaintive whining way

whimsey |ˈwɪmzɪ| — an odd or fanciful or capricious idea

whimsical |ˈwɪmzɪkl| — determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason

whimsicality |ˌwɪmzɪˈkælətɪ| — the trait of acting unpredictably and more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment

whimsy |ˈwɪmzɪ| — an odd or fanciful or capricious idea

whin |(h)wɪn| — very spiny and dense evergreen shrub with fragrant golden-yellow flowers; common throughout western Europe

whine |waɪn| — a complaint uttered in a plaintive whining way

whinge |wɪndʒ| — (UK, Australia, New Zealand) A cry.

whinger |ˈwɪŋə| — One who whinges.

whining |ˈwaɪnɪŋ| — Present participle of whine.

whinny |ˈwɪnɪ| — the characteristic sounds made by a horse

whinstone |ˈwɪnstəʊn| — any of various hard colored rocks (especially rocks consisting of chert or basalt)

whiny |ˈwaɪnɪ| — habitually complaining

whip |wɪp| — an instrument with a handle and a flexible lash that is used for whipping

whip up |ˈwɪp ʌp| — prepare or cook quickly or hastily

whipcord |ˈwɪpkɔːrd| — closely twisted hard cord used for the lashes of whips

whiplash |ˈwɪplæʃ| — an injury to the neck (the cervical vertebrae) resulting from rapid acceleration or deceleration (as in an automobile accident)

whipped |(h)wɪpt| — (slang) Controlled by a spouse or significant other to an unreasonable degree.

whipper-in |ˌ(h)wɪpəˈrɪn| — huntsman's assistant in managing the hounds

whipper-snapper |ˈwɪpəˌsnæpə| — A person who is unimportant but cheeky and presumptuous; a person of no influence.

whippersnapper |ˈwɪpərsnæpər| — someone who is unimportant but cheeky and presumptuous

whippet |ˈwɪpɪt| — small slender dog of greyhound type developed in England

whipping |ˈwɪpɪŋ| — beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment

whipping-boy |ˈwɪpɪŋ bɔɪ| — Someone punished for the errors of others, historically a boy that was whipped in the stead of a misbehaving prince.

whippoorwill |ˈwɪpərwɪl| — American nocturnal goatsucker with grey-and-white plumage

whippy |ˈwɪpɪ| — bending and snapping back readily without breaking

whipsaw |ˈwɪpˌsɒ| — a saw with handles at both ends; intended for use by two people

whipster |ˈwɪpstər| — (informal, dated) a scholastic often pedantic person, wise guy

whipstitch |ˈhwɪpˌstɪtʃ| — a sewing stitch passing over an edge diagonally

whir |wɜːr| — sound of something in rapid motion

whirl |wɜːrl| — confused movement

whirlabout |ˈhwɜːrləˌbaʊt| — A fairground carousel.

whirler  — a dervish whose actions include ecstatic dancing and whirling

whirligig |ˈwɜːrlɪɡɪɡ| — a conical child's plaything tapering to a steel point on which it can be made to spin

whirling |ˈwɜːlɪŋ| — the act of rotating in a circle or spiral

whirlpool |ˈwɜːrlpuːl| — a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)

whirlwind |ˈwɜːrlwɪnd| — a more or less vertical column of air whirling around itself as it moves over the surface of the Earth

whirr |wɜːr| — sound of something in rapid motion

whish  — make a sibilant sound

whisht |hwɪʃt| — (UK, Scotland) shush, silence, be quiet!

whisk |wɪsk| — a mixer incorporating a coil of wires; used for whipping eggs or cream

whisker |ˈwɪskər| — a very small distance or space

whiskered |ˈwɪskəd| — having hair on the cheeks and chin

whiskers |ˈwɪskərz| — the hair growing on the lower part of a man's face

whiskey |ˈwɪskɪ| — a liquor made from fermented mash of grain

whisky |ˈwɪskɪ| — a liquor made from fermented mash of grain

whisper |ˈwɪspər| — speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords

whisperer |ˈ(h)wɪspərər| — one who speaks in a whisper

whispering |ˈwɪspərɪŋ| — a light noise, like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind

whispers |ˈwɪspərz| — plural form of whisper

whist |wɪst| — a card game for four players who form two partnerships; a pack of 52 cards is dealt and each side scores one point for each trick it takes in excess of six

whistle |ˈwɪsl| — the sound made by something moving rapidly or by steam coming out of a small aperture

whistle-stop |ˈwɪsl stɑːp| — (US, dated) A minor railway station at which a train would stop if requested

whistler |ˈ(h)wɪs(ə)lər| — United States painter (1834-1903)

whistling |ˈwɪsəlɪŋ| — the sound made by something moving rapidly or by steam coming out of a small aperture

whit |wɪt| — a tiny or scarcely detectable amount

white |waɪt| — a Caucasian

white-collar |ˌwaɪt ˈkɒlər| — of or designating salaried professional or clerical work or workers

white-fish |ˈwaɪtfɪʃ| — Alternative form of whitefish.

white-haired  — showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair

white-hot |ˌwaɪt ˈhɑːt| — intensely zealous or fervid

white-lipped |ˌwaɪt ˈlɪpt| — having white lips from fear or terror

white-livered |ˌwaɪt ˈlɪvəd| — easily frightened

whitebait |ˈwaɪtbeɪt| — minnows or other small fresh- or saltwater fish (especially herring); usually cooked whole

whitefish |ˈwaɪtˌfɪʃ| — any market fish--edible saltwater fish or shellfish--except herring

Whitehall |ˈwaɪthɔːl| — a wide street in London stretching from Trafalgar Square to the Houses of Parliament; site of many government offices

whiten |ˈwaɪtn| — turn white

whitener |ˈwaɪtnər| — an agent that makes things white or colorless

whiteness |ˈwaɪtnəs| — the quality or state of the achromatic color of greatest lightness (bearing the least resemblance to black)

whitening |ˈwaɪtənɪŋ| — changing to a lighter color

whites |ˈwaɪts| — plural form of white

whitesmith |ˈwaɪtsmɪθ| — A person who forges things out of tin or pewter. A tinsmith.

whitethorn |ˈwaɪtθɔːrn| — thorny Eurasian shrub of small tree having dense clusters of white to scarlet flowers followed by deep red berries; established as an escape in eastern North America

whitewash |ˈwaɪtwɑːʃ| — a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score

whitewing  — The chaffinch.

whitey |ˈwaɪtɪ| — (slang) offensive names for a White man

whither |ˈwɪðər| — (literary or archaic) To which place.

whiting |ˈwaɪtɪŋ| — flesh of a cod-like fish of the Atlantic waters of Europe

whitish |ˈwaɪtɪʃ| — resembling milk in color; not clear

whitlow |ˈwɪˌtləʊ| — a purulent infection at the end of a finger or toe in the area surrounding the nail

Whitsuntide |ˈwɪtsntaɪd| — Christian holiday; the week beginning on Whitsunday (especially the first 3 days)

whittle |ˈwɪtl| — English aeronautical engineer who invented the jet aircraft engine (1907-1996)

whittle away |ˈwɪtəl əˈweɪ| — cut away in small pieces

whittle down |ˈwɪtəl ˈdaʊn| — cut away in small pieces

whiz |ˈwɪz| — someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field

whiz-kid  — someone whose career progresses rapidly

whizbang  — a small high-velocity shell; it makes a whizzing sound followed by a bang when it hits

whizz |wɪz| — someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field

whizz-bang |ˈwɪzbæŋ| — (military, slang) Small calibre shell from World War I.

whizz-kid |ˈwɪz kɪd| — someone whose career progresses rapidly

whizzbang  — a small high-velocity shell; it makes a whizzing sound followed by a bang when it hits

who |huː| — a United Nations agency to coordinate international health activities and to help governments improve health services

whoa |wəʊ| — stop (especially when commanding a horse or imitative thereof); calm down; slow down.

whodunit |huːˈdəˌnɪt| — a story about a crime (usually murder) presented as a novel or play or movie

whodunnit |ˌhuːˈdʌnɪt| — Alternative spelling of whodunit.

whoever |huːˈevər| — Whatever person or persons.

whole |həʊl| — all of something including all its component elements or parts

whole-heartedly |ˌhəʊlˈhɑːtɪdlɪ| — Alternative spelling of wholeheartedly.

whole-hog  — Committed without restraint.

whole-souled |ˈsəʊld| — with unconditional and enthusiastic devotion

whole-wheat |ˈhəʊl wiːt| — of or relating to or derived from wheat

wholehearted |ˌhəʊlˈhɑːrtəd| — with unconditional and enthusiastic devotion

wholeheartedly |ˌhəʊlˈhɑːtɪdlɪ| — without reserve; without reservation

wholemeal |ˈhəʊlmiːl| — of or relating to or derived from wheat

wholeness |həʊl| — an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting

wholesale |ˈhəʊlseɪl| — the selling of goods to merchants; usually in large quantities for resale to consumers

wholesaler |ˈhəʊlseɪlə| — someone who buys large quantities of goods and resells to merchants rather than to the ultimate customers

wholesome |ˈhəʊlsəm| — sound or exhibiting soundness in body or mind

wholly |ˈhəʊllɪ| — to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')

whom |huːm| — (formal) What person or people; which person or people, as the object of a verb.

whomever |ˌhuːmˈevər| — (formal) Objective case of whoever.

whomp |wɒmp| — hit with the hand

whomsoever |ˌhuːmsəʊˈevər| — whichever person, whomever

whoop |wuːp| — a loud hooting cry of exultation or excitement

whoop-de-do  — Alternative spelling of whoop-de-doo.

whoopee |wʊˈpiː| — noisy and boisterous revelry

whooping-cough |kɔːf| — (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 breat

whop |wɑːp| — hit hard

whopper |ˈwɑːpər| — a gross untruth; a blatant lie

whopping |ˈwɑːpɪŋ| — extremely

whore |hɔːr| — a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money

whoredom |ˈhɔːrdəm| — offering sexual intercourse for pay

whorehouse |ˈhɔːrhaʊs| — a building where prostitutes are available

whoremonger |ˈhɔːrmʌŋɡər| — a prostitute's customer

whoreson |hɔːrsən| — the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents

whorl |wɜːrl| — a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)

whortleberry |ˈwɜːrtlberɪ| — erect European blueberry having solitary flowers and blue-black berries

whose |huːz| — Of whom, belonging to whom; used as an interrogative pronoun.

whosesoever |ˌhuːzsəʊˈevər| — Of whomsoever.

whoso |ˈhuːsəʊ| — (archaic) whomsoever, whatever person

whosoever |ˌhuːsəʊˈevər| — whichever person; whoever

why |waɪ| — the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase `the whys and wherefores'

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