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WAFT 
to wave, beckon To turn, float 
WAFTAGE 
passage 
WAFTURE 
waving, beckoning 
WAGE 
to reward as with wages
WAILFUL 
lamentable 
WAIST 
the middle of a ship 
WANNION 
'with a vengeance.' 
WAPPENED 
withered, overworn 


WARD 
Prison guard 
WARDEN 
a large pear used for baking 
WARDER 
truncheon 
WARN 
to summon 
WASSAIL 
a drinking bout, Festivity 
WAT 
a familiar word for a hare 
WATCH 
a watch light 
WATCH 
to tame by keeping constantly awake 
WATER-GALL 
a secondary rainbow 
WATER-RUG 
a kind of dog 
WATER-WORK 
painting in distemper 
WAX 
to grow 
WAXEN 
to hiccough 
WEALTH 
weal, advantage 
WEAR 
fashion 
WEATHER-FEND 
to defend from the weather 
WEB AND PIN 
the cataract in the eye 
WEE 
small, tiny, to think 
WEED 
garment 
WEET 
to wit, know 
WEIGH OUT 
to outweigh 
WELKIN 
the sky 
WELL-LIKING 
in good condition 
WEND 
to go 
WESAND 
the wind-pipe 
WHELKED 
marked with whelks or protuberances 
WHEN 
an exclamation of impatience 
WHIFFLER 
an officer who clears the way in processions 
WHILE-ERE 
a little while ago 
WHILES 
until 
WHIP-STOCK 
handle of a whip 
WHIST 
hushed, silent 
WHITE 
the centre of an archery butt 
WHITELY 
pale-faced
WHITING-TIME 
bleaching time 

WHITSTER 
bleacher 
WHITTLE 
a clasp knife 
WHOO-BUB 
hubbub 
WHOOP 
to cry out with astonishment 
WICKED 
noisome, baneful 
WIDOW 
to give a jointure to 
WIDOWHOOD 
widow's jointure 
WIGHT 
person 
WILD 
weald 
WILDERNESS 
wildness 
WIMPLED 
veiled, hooded 
WINDOW-BARS 
lattice-work across a woman's stomacher 
WINDRING 
winding 
WINTER-GROUND 
to protect (a plant) from frost 
WISH 
to commend 
WISTLY 
wistfully 
WIT 
knowledge, wisdom 
WITHOUT 
beyond 
WITS 
five, the five senses 
WITTOL 
a contented cuckold 
WITTY 
intelligent 
WOMAN-TIRED 
hen-pecked 
WONDERED 
marvellously gifted 
WOOD 
mad 
WOODCOCK 
a simpleton 
WOODMAN 
a forester, huntsman
WOOLWARD 
shirtless 
WORLD 
'To go to the world' is to get married So 'a woman of the world' is a married woman 
WORM 
a serpent 
WORSER 
worse 
WORSHIP 
to honour 
WORTH 
wealth, fortune 
WORTS 
cabbages 
WOT 
to know 
WOUND 
twisted about 
WREAK 
to avenge 
WREAKFUL 
revengeful, avenging 
WREST 
an instrument used for tuning a harp 
WRIT 
gospel, truth 
WRITHLED 
shrivelled 
WROTH 
calamity, misfortune 
WRUNG 
twisted, strained 
WRY 
to swerve 
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