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

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

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

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

whammy |ˈwæmi| — 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

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

whatsoever |ˌhwʌtsoʊˈevər̩| — 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 |ˈwiːlbæroʊ| — 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)

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

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 |ˈwiːzi| — 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

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

whereabouts |ˈwerəbaʊts| — the general location where something is

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

wheresoever |ˌweəsoʊˈevər| — where in the world

wherever |werˈevər| — where in the world

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

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

whet |wet| — make keen or more acute

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

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

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

whiff |wɪf| — a short light gust of air

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

whim |wɪm| — a sudden desire

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

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

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

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

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

whin |(h)win| — 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

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

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

whiny |ˈwaɪni| — 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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

whir |wɜːr| — sound of something in rapid motion

whirl |wɜːrl| — confused movement

whirler  — a dervish whose actions include ecstatic dancing and whirling

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

whirling |ˈwɝːlɪŋ| — 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 |wɝːr| — sound of something in rapid motion

whish  — make a sibilant sound

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 |ˈwɪski| — a liquor made from fermented mash of grain

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

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

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

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

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

whistler |ˈ(h)wis(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-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

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

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

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

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

whitlow |ˈwɪˌtloʊ| — 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-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 |ˈoʊ| — a United Nations agency to coordinate international health activities and to help governments improve health services

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

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

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

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

wholehearted |ˌhoʊlˈhɑːrtəd| — with unconditional and enthusiastic devotion

wholeheartedly |ˌhoʊlˈhɑːtɪdli| — without reserve; without reservation

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

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

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

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

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

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

whomp |wɒmp| — hit with the hand

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

whoopee |wʊˈpiː| — noisy and boisterous revelry

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

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