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biographical name Rogier van der 1399?-1464 Flemish painter
biographical name Maxime 1867-1965 French general
geographical name town E Massachusetts SE of Boston population 53,988
abbreviation wrong font
abbreviation World Federation of Trade Unions
abbreviation white
abbreviation 1. watt-hour 2. withholding
I. verb Etymology: probably imitative of the sound of a blow Date: 1719 transitive verb 1. a. to strike with a smart or resounding blow b. to cut with or as if ...
whack off
verb Date: 1969 usually vulgar masturbate
whack up
transitive verb Date: circa 1893 to divide into shares
also wacked-out adjective Date: 1967 1. worn-out, exhausted 2. wacky 3. stoned
noun see whack I
I. adjective Date: 1806 very large ; whopping II. adverb Date: 1853 very
variant of wacko
variant of wacky
I. noun (plural whales) Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwæl; akin to Old High German hwal whale and perhaps to Latin squalus sea fish ...
whale shark
noun Date: circa 1885 a shark (Rhincodon typus) of warm waters that has small teeth, feeds chiefly on plankton strained by its gill rakers, may sometimes attain a length of up ...
noun Date: 1886 something shaped like the back of a whale
noun Date: 1682 1. a long narrow rowboat made with both ends sharp and raking, often steered with an oar, and formerly used by whalers for hunting whales 2. a long narrow ...
noun Date: 15th century 1. baleen 2. an article made of whalebone
whalebone whale
noun Date: 1725 baleen whale
adjective see whale I
noun Date: 1684 1. a person or ship engaged in whale fishing 2. whaleboat 2
Whales, Bay of
geographical name inlet of Ross Sea Antarctica in Ross Ice Shelf
noun Date: 1688 the occupation of catching and extracting commercial products from whales
I. noun Etymology: imitative Date: 1739 1. a solid blow 2. the loud sound of a hard impact II. adverb or whammo Date: 1924 with violent abruptness III. verb (whammed; ...
adverb see wham II
noun (plural whammies) Etymology: probably from 1wham Date: 1940 1. a. a supernatural power bringing bad luck b. a magic curse or spell ; jinx, hex 2. a potent force ...
I. noun Etymology: alteration of Middle English thong, thwang Date: 1536 1. dialect a. thong b. rawhide 2. British a large piece ; chunk 3. often vulgar penis II. ...
noun Etymology: probably modification of Chinese (Beijing) huáng bamboo Date: 1790 1. the wood of any of several Asian bamboos (genus Phyllostachys) 2. a walking stick or ...
geographical name — see Huangpu
variant of whop
noun (plural wharves; also wharfs) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwearf embankment, wharf; akin to Old English hweorfan to turn, Old High German hwerban, Greek ...
noun Date: 14th century 1. a. the provision or the use of a wharf b. the handling or stowing of goods on a wharf 2. the charge for the use of a wharf 3. the ...
noun Etymology: irregular from wharfage Date: 1552 the operator or manager of a commercial wharf
noun Date: 1618 wharfinger
biographical name Edith Newbold 1862-1937 née Jones American novelist
I. pronoun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwæt, neuter of hwā who — more at who Date: before 12th century 1. a. (1) — used as an interrogative ...
what all
pronoun Date: 1702 whatnot
what for
phrasal 1. for what purpose or reason ; why — usually used with the other words of a question between what and for except when used alone 2. harsh treatment especially by ...
what have you
phrasal whatnot
what if
phrasal 1. what will or would be the result if 2. what does it matter if
what of
phrasal 1. what is the situation with respect to 2. what importance can be assigned to
what the hell
phrasal — used interjectionally to express a lack of concern about consequences or risks
what though
phrasal what does it matter if
what's more
phrasal in addition ; furthermore
what's what
phrasal the true state of things
noun Date: 1970 a suppositional question • what-if adjective
noun see whatsit
noun Etymology: alteration of what you may call it Date: 1928 thingamajig
biographical name Richard 1787-1863 English theologian & logician
I. pronoun Date: 14th century 1. a. anything or everything that b. no matter what
noun Date: 1611 quiddity 1
I. pronoun Etymology: what not? Date: 1540 any of various other things that might also be mentioned II. noun Date: 1602 1. a nondescript person or thing 2. a light ...
noun see whatsit
also whatsis or what-is-it noun Etymology: whatsit & whatsis contraction of what-is-it Date: circa 1882 thingamajig
pronoun or adjective Date: 13th century whatever
noun (plural whaup; also whaups) Etymology: imitative Date: circa 1512 chiefly Scottish a European curlew (Numenius arquata)
noun Etymology: alteration of 1wale Date: 1808 a suddenly formed elevation of the skin surface ; welt; especially a flat burning or itching eminence on the skin
noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English whete, from Old English hwǣte; akin to Old High German weizzi wheat, hwīz, wīz white — more at white Date: before ...
wheat berry
noun Date: 1848 an unprocessed whole kernel of wheat
wheat bread
noun Date: 14th century a bread made of a combination of white and whole wheat flours as distinguished from bread made entirely of white or whole wheat flour
wheat cake
noun Date: 1703 a pancake made of wheat flour
wheat germ
noun Date: 1881 the embryo of the wheat kernel separated in milling and used especially as a source of vitamins and protein
Wheat Ridge
geographical name city N central Colorado W of Denver population 32,913
wheat rust
noun Date: 1870 a destructive disease of wheat caused by rust fungi; also a fungus (as Puccinia graminis) causing a wheat rust
noun Etymology: back-formation from earlier wheatears wheatear, probably by folk etymology or euphemism from white + arse Date: 1591 any of various small thrushes (genus ...
I. adjective Date: before 12th century of, relating to, or made of wheat II. noun Date: circa 1931 a pale yellowish to ruddy-fawn color characteristic of the coat of some ...
noun Date: 1668 any of a genus (Agropyron) of perennial grasses including some which are important pasture, hay, or turf grasses
noun Date: before 12th century land used or suitable for growing wheat
biographical name Phillis 1753?-1784 American (African-born) poet
geographical name city NE Illinois W of Chicago population 55,416
biographical name Sir Charles 1802-1875 English physicist & inventor
Wheatstone bridge
noun Etymology: Sir Charles Wheatstone Date: 1872 an electrical bridge consisting of two branches of a parallel circuit joined by a galvanometer and used for determining the ...
interjection Date: 1898 — used to express delight or exuberance
verb (wheedled; wheedling) Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1661 transitive verb 1. to influence or entice by soft words or flattery 2. to gain or get by wheedling
I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hweogol, hwēol; akin to Old Norse hvēl wheel, Greek kyklos circle, wheel, Sanskrit cakra, Latin ...
wheel and axle
noun Date: 1759 a mechanical device consisting of a grooved wheel turned by a cord or chain with a rigidly attached axle (as for winding up a weight) together with the ...
wheel and deal
phrasal to make deals or do business especially shrewdly or briskly
wheel animal
noun Date: 1788 rotifer
wheel bug
noun Date: 1815 a large North American assassin bug (Arilus cristatus) that has a high serrated crest on its prothorax and preys on insects
wheel lock
noun Date: 1670 a gun's lock for a muzzle-loading firearm in which sparks are struck from a flint or a piece of pyrite by a revolving wheel
adjective Date: 1964 made on a potter's wheel
I. noun Date: 14th century a small usually single-wheeled vehicle that is used for carrying small loads and is fitted with handles at the rear by which it can be pushed and ...
noun Date: 1863 the distance in inches between the front and rear axles of an automotive vehicle
noun Date: circa 1700 a chair mounted on wheels especially for the use of disabled persons
adjective Date: 1572 1. equipped with wheels 2. moving or functioning by means of wheels
noun Date: 1683 1. one that wheels 2. a draft animal (as a horse) pulling in the position nearest the front wheels of a wagon 3. something (as a vehicle or ship) that has ...
I. biographical name Joseph 1836-1906 American general II. biographical name William Almon 1819-1887 American politician; vice president of the United States (1877-81)
wheeler and dealer
noun (plural wheelers and dealers) Date: 1966 wheeler-dealer
Wheeler Peak
geographical name 1. mountain 13,065 feet (3980 meters) E Nevada in Snake Range 2. mountain 13,160 feet (4010 meters) N New Mexico in Sangre de Cristo Mountains; highest in ...
noun Date: 1954 a shrewd operator especially in business or politics
noun Date: 1708 1. a horse (as in a tandem) in a position nearest the wheels 2. a steady and effective worker especially in a political body
noun Date: 1835 pilothouse
noun Date: circa 1965 a maneuver in which a wheeled vehicle (as a bicycle) is momentarily balanced on its rear wheel or wheels
noun Date: 15th century 1. the act or process of one that wheels 2. the condition of a road relative to passage on wheels
geographical name 1. village NE Illinois NNE of Chicago population 34,496 2. city N West Virginia on Ohio River population 31,419
adjective see wheel I
noun Date: 1865 1. a. helmsman b. the driver of an automobile 2. cyclist
biographical name Eleazar 1711-1779 American clergyman & educator
noun Date: 1866 one who steers with a wheel; especially helmsman
noun Date: 1640 wheels in gear and their connections in a machine or mechanism
noun Date: 13th century a maker and repairer of wheels and wheeled vehicles
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English (Scots) quheyne, from Old English hwǣne, hwēne, adverb, somewhat, from instrumental of hwōn little, few Date: 14th century dialect ...
I. intransitive verb (wheezed; wheezing) Etymology: Middle English whesen, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse hvæsa to hiss; akin to Old English hwǣst action ...
adverb see wheezy
noun see wheezy
adjective (wheezier; -est) Date: 1818 1. inclined to wheeze 2. having a wheezing sound • wheezily adverb • wheeziness noun
I. noun Etymology: Middle English welke, from Old English weoloc; akin to Middle Dutch willoc whelk and perhaps to Latin volvere to turn — more at voluble Date: before 12th ...
verb Etymology: Middle English Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to turn (as a dish or vessel) upside down usually to cover something ; cover or engulf completely with ...
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwelp; akin to Old High German hwelf whelp Date: before 12th century 1. any of the young of various carnivorous mammals ...
I. adverb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwanne, hwenne; akin to Old High German hwanne when, Old English hwā who — more at who Date: before 12th century 1. ...
conjunction Etymology: Middle English (Scots) when as, from Middle English when + as Date: 15th century archaic when
I. adverb Etymology: Middle English whennes, from whenne whence (from Old English hwanon) + -s, adverb suffix, from -s, genitivesingular ending; akin to Old High German hwanān ...
conjunction Date: 1511 from whatever place or source
I. conjunction Date: 14th century at any or every time that II. adverb Date: circa 1576 at whatever time
I. conjunction Date: 14th century whenever II. adverb Date: 1526 obsolete at any time whatever
I. adverb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwǣr; akin to Old High German hwār where, Old English hwā who — more at who Date: before 12th century 1. a. at, ...
where it's at
phrasal 1. a. a place of central interest or activity b. something (as a topic or field of interest) of primary concern or importance
where one is at
phrasal one's true position, state, or nature
I. adverb see whereabouts I II. conjunction see whereabouts II
I. adverb also whereabout Etymology: Middle English wheraboutes (from wher aboute + -s, adverb suffix) & wher aboute, from where, wher where + about, aboute about — more at ...
I. conjunction Etymology: Middle English where as, from where + as Date: 14th century 1. a. while on the contrary b. although 2. in view of the fact that ; since — ...
conjunction Date: 14th century 1. at or toward which 2. in consequence of which ; whereupon
I. conjunction Date: 13th century by, through, or in accordance with which II. adverb Date: 14th century obsolete by what ; how
I. adverb Etymology: Middle English wherfor, wherfore, from where, wher + for, fore for Date: 13th century 1. for what reason or purpose ; why 2. therefore II. noun Date: ...
conjunction Date: 14th century from which
I. adverb Date: 13th century in what ; in what particular or respect II. conjunction Date: 14th century 1. a. in which ; where b. during which 2. in what way ; ...
conjunction Date: 1539 into which
I. conjunction Date: 13th century 1. archaic with or by which 2. of what 3. a. of which b. of whom II. adverb Date: 13th century archaic of what
I. conjunction Date: 13th century 1. archaic on what 2. on which II. adverb Date: 15th century archaic on what
conjunction Date: 13th century wherever
conjunction Date: 13th century through which
I. adverb Date: 13th century to what place, purpose, or end II. conjunction Date: 14th century to which
adverb or conjunction Date: 15th century whereto
conjunction Date: 14th century 1. on which 2. closely following and in consequence of which
I. adverb Date: 13th century 1. where in the world 2. anywhere at all II. conjunction Date: 14th century 1. at, in, or to any or all places that 2. in any ...
I. pronoun Date: 13th century archaic that with or by which — used with an infinitive II. adverb Date: 13th century obsolete with what III. conjunction Date: 14th ...
I. conjunction Etymology: where + 2withal Date: 1534 wherewith II. pronoun Date: 1583 wherewith III. noun Date: 1809 means, resources; specifically money
noun (plural wherries) Etymology: Middle English whery Date: 15th century 1. any of various light boats: as a. a long light rowboat made sharp at both ends and used to ...
I. transitive verb (whetted; whetting) Etymology: Middle English whetten, from Old English hwettan; akin to Old High German wezzen to whet, waz sharp Date: before 12th century ...
I. pronoun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwæther, hwether; akin to Old High German hwedar which of two, Latin uter, Greek poteros, Old English hwā who — more ...
whether or no
or whether or not phrasal in any case
whether or not
phrasal see whether or no
noun Date: before 12th century a stone for whetting edge tools
noun see whet I
noun Etymology: imitative Date: 1513 a whistling sound or a sound like a half-formed whistle uttered as an exclamation — used interjectionally chiefly to express ...
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwæg; akin to Middle Dutch wey whey Date: before 12th century the watery part of milk that is separated from the coagulable ...
noun Date: 1605 a person having a pale face (as from fear) • whey-faced adjective
adjective see whey-face
adjective see whey
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, of what kind, which, from Old English hwilc; akin to Old High German wilīh of what kind, which, Old English hwā who, gelīk like — ...
I. adjective Date: 14th century being whatever one or ones out of a group ; no matter which II. pronoun Date: 14th century whatever one or ones out of a group
pronoun or adjective Date: 15th century archaic whichever
intransitive verb (whickered; whickering) Etymology: imitative Date: 1753 neigh, whinny • whicker noun
intransitive verb (whidded; whidding) Etymology: Scots whid silent rapid motion Date: 1728 Scottish to move nimbly and silently
Whidbey Island
geographical name island 40 miles (64 kilometers) long NW Washington at N end of Puget Sound E of Admiralty Inlet
I. noun Etymology: imitative Date: 1591 1. a. a quick puff or slight gust especially of air, odor, gas, smoke, or spray b. an inhalation of odor, gas, or smoke c. a ...
noun Etymology: probably alteration of whippet Date: 1839 a small, young, or unimportant person
verb (whiffled; whiffling) Etymology: probably frequentative of whiff Date: 1568 intransitive verb 1. a. of the wind to blow unsteadily or in gusts b. vacillate ...
I. noun Etymology: alteration of earlier wifler, from obsolete wifle battle-ax Date: 1539 British one that clears the way for a procession II. noun Etymology: whiffle ...
noun Etymology: alteration of whippletree Date: circa 1806 the pivoted swinging bar to which the traces of a harness are fastened and by which a vehicle or implement is ...
noun Etymology: short for Whiggamore, member of a Scottish group that marched to Edinburgh in 1648 to oppose the court party Date: 1702 1. a member or supporter of a major ...
noun Date: 1714 the principles or practices of Whigs
adjective Date: 1684 1. characteristic of Whigs or Whiggery 2. of, relating to, or characterized by a view which holds that history follows a path of inevitable progression ...
noun see Whig
noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1730 1. chiefly Scottish whim 2. chiefly Scottish an odd or fanciful contrivance ; gimcrack
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwīl; akin to Old High German hwīla time, Latin quies rest, quiet Date: before 12th century 1. a period of time ...
I. conjunction Etymology: Middle English, from while + -s, adverb suffix — more at whence Date: 12th century archaic while II. adverb Date: 15th century chiefly ...
I. adverb Etymology: Middle English, literally, at times, from Old English hwīlum, dative plural of hwīl time, while Date: 12th century archaic formerly II. adjective ...
conjunction Etymology: Middle English whilest, alteration of whiles Date: 14th century chiefly British while
noun Etymology: short for whim-wham Date: 1686 1. a capricious or eccentric and often sudden idea or turn of the mind ; fancy 2. a large capstan that is made with one or ...
noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1500 1. a whimsical object or device especially of ornament or dress 2. fancy, whim 3. plural jitters
noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1531 a curlew (Numenius phaeopus) chiefly of the northern coastal regions of North America and Eurasia
I. intransitive verb (whimpered; whimpering) Etymology: imitative Date: 1513 1. to make a low whining plaintive or broken sound 2. to complain or protest with or as if with ...
noun see whimsy
adjective Etymology: whimsy Date: 1653 1. full of, actuated by, or exhibiting whims 2. a. resulting from or characterized by whim or caprice; especially lightly ...
noun see whimsical
adverb see whimsical
noun see whimsical
also whimsey noun (plural whimsies; also whimseys) Etymology: irregular from whim-wham Date: 1605 1. whim, caprice 2. the quality or state of being whimsical or fanciful
noun Etymology: Middle English whynne, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian kvein bent grass Date: 14th century gorse
noun Etymology: whin Date: 1678 a small brown and buff European singing bird (Saxicola rubetra) of grassy meadows
I. verb (whined; whining) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwīnan to whiz; akin to Old Norse hvīna to whiz Date: 13th century intransitive verb 1. a. to ...
noun see whine I
adjective see whine II
noun Etymology: by alteration Date: circa 1945 wingding
intransitive verb (whinged; whinging or whingeing) Etymology: Middle English *whingen, from Old English hwinsian; akin to Old High German winsōn to moan Date: 12th century ...
adverb see whine I
I. verb (whinnied; whinnying) Etymology: probably imitative Date: 1530 intransitive verb to neigh especially in a low or gentle way transitive verb to utter with or as ...
noun Etymology: whin, a hard rock Date: 1513 basaltic rock ; trap; also any of various other dark resistant rocks (as chert)
adjective see whine II
I. verb (whipped; whipping) Etymology: Middle English wippen, whippen; akin to Middle Dutch wippen to move up and down, sway, Old English wīpian to wipe Date: 14th century ...
whip antenna
noun Date: 1942 a flexible vertical rod radio antenna
whip hand
noun Date: 1680 1. positive control ; advantage 2. the hand holding the whip in driving
whip in
transitive verb Date: 1742 1. to collect or keep together (members of a political party) for legislative action 2. to keep (hounds in a pack) from scattering by use of a whip
whip into shape
phrasal to bring forcefully to a desired state or condition
whip scorpion
noun Date: circa 1890 any of an order (Uropygi) of chiefly tropical arachnids somewhat resembling true scorpions but having a long slender caudal process and no sting
whip stall
noun Date: 1924 a stall during a vertical climb in which the nose of the airplane whips violently forward and then downward
noun Etymology: imitative Date: 1709 a nocturnal nightjar (Caprimulgus vociferus) of chiefly eastern North America with a loud repeated call suggestive of its name
noun Date: 1887 chiefly British a collection of money made usually for a benevolent purpose
noun Etymology: from its use in making whips Date: 14th century 1. a thin tough cord made of braided or twisted hemp or catgut 2. a cloth that is made of hard-twisted ...
noun Date: circa 1580 1. the lash of a whip 2. something resembling a blow from a whip 3. injury resulting from a sudden sharp whipping movement of the neck and head ...
adjective see whip II
noun see whip I
noun (plural whippers-in) Date: 1739 1. a huntsman's assistant who whips in the hounds 2. whip 5a
noun Etymology: alteration of snippersnapper Date: 1700 a diminutive, insignificant, or presumptuous person
noun Etymology: probably from 1whip Date: 1610 any of a breed of small swift slender dogs used for coursing small game and racing
noun Date: 1540 1. the act of one that whips: as a. a severe beating or chastisement b. a stitching with small overcasting stitches 2. material used to whip or bind
whipping boy
noun Date: 1647 1. a boy formerly educated with a prince and punished in his stead 2. scapegoat 2
whipping cream
noun Date: 1921 a cream suitable for whipping that by law contains not less than 30 percent butterfat
whipping post
noun Date: 1600 a post to which offenders are tied to be legally whipped
biographical name George Hoyt 1878-1976 American pathologist
noun Etymology: perhaps irregular from whip + tree Date: 1733 whiffletree
adjective (whippier; -est) Date: 1867 1. unusually resilient ; springy 2. of, relating to, or resembling a whip
I. noun Date: 15th century a narrow pit saw averaging 5 to 7 1/2 feet (1.5 to 2.3 meters) in length II. transitive verb Date: 1842 1. to saw with a whipsaw 2. to beset or ...
adjective Date: 1892 subjected to a double market loss through trying inopportunely to recoup a loss by a subsequent short sale of the same security
I. transitive verb Date: 1592 whip 5 II. noun Date: 1640 a shallow overcasting stitch
noun Date: circa 1530 the handle of a whip
noun Date: 1933 any of various long slender American lizards (genus Cnemidophorus) having a whiplike tail and including some forms that are parthenogenetic
noun Date: 1875 a parasitic nematode worm (genus Trichuris) with a body that is thickened posteriorly and that is very long and slender anteriorly; especially one (T. ...
I. verb also whirr (whirred; whirring) Etymology: Middle English (Scots) quirren, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Danish hvirre to whirl, whir Date: 15th century ...
I. verb Etymology: Middle English, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse hvirfla to whirl; akin to Old High German wirbil whirlwind, Old English hweorfan to turn ...
noun see whirl I
noun Etymology: Middle English whirlegigg, from whirlen to whirl + gigg top — more at gig Date: 15th century 1. a child's toy having a whirling motion 2. ...
whirligig beetle
noun Date: 1855 any of a family (Gyrinidae) of beetles with two pairs of eyes and clubbed antennae that live mostly on the surface of water where they swim swiftly about in ...
whirling disease
noun Date: 1946 an infectious often fatal disease especially of young salmonid fishes (as trout and salmon) that is caused by a protozoan (Myxobolus cerebralis syn. Myxosoma ...
noun Date: 1529 1. a. a confused tumult and bustle ; whirl b. a magnetic or impelling force by which something may be engulfed 2. a. water moving rapidly in a ...
whirlpool bath
noun Date: circa 1916 a therapeutic bath in which all or part of the body is exposed to forceful whirling currents of hot water
I. noun Date: 14th century 1. a small rotating windstorm of limited extent 2. a. a confused rush ; whirl b. a violent or destructive force or agency II. adjective ...
I. adjective Date: 15th century marked by or exhibiting a whirling motion II. noun (plural whirlies) Date: 1914 a small whirlwind
noun Date: 1951 helicopter
I. verb see whir I II. noun see whir II
verb (whirried; whirrying) Etymology: perhaps blend of whir and hurry Date: 1582 transitive verb Scottish to convey quickly intransitive verb Scottish hurry
I. verb Etymology: imitative Date: 1518 transitive verb to urge on or cause to move with a whish intransitive verb 1. to make a sibilant sound 2. to move with a ...
intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English; imitative Date: 14th century chiefly Irish hush — often used interjectionally to enjoin silence
I. noun Etymology: Middle English wisk, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse visk wisp; akin to Old English wiscian to plait Date: 14th century 1. a quick ...
whisk broom
noun Date: 1831 a small broom with a short handle used especially as a clothes brush
noun Etymology: singular of whiskers mustache, from 2whisk Date: circa 1600 1. a. a hair of the beard b. plural (1) archaic mustache (2) the part of the beard ...
adjective see whisker
adjective see whisker
or whisky noun (plural whiskeys or whiskies) Etymology: Irish uisce beatha & Scottish Gaelic uisge beatha, literally, water of life Date: 1715 1. a liquor distilled from ...
Date: 1952 — a communications code word for the letter w
whiskey sour
noun Date: circa 1889 a cocktail usually consisting of whiskey, sugar, and lemon juice shaken with ice
noun see whiskey
I. verb (whispered; whispering) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwisperian; akin to Old High German hwispalōn to whisper, Old Norse hvīsla — more at whistle ...
noun Date: 1530 one that whispers; specifically rumormonger
I. noun Date: before 12th century 1. a. whispered speech b. gossip, rumor 2. a sibilant sound ; whisper II. adjective Date: 1547 1. making a sibilant sound 2. ...
whispering campaign
noun Date: 1920 the systematic dissemination by word of mouth of derogatory rumors or charges especially against a candidate for public office
adverb see whispering II
adjective Date: 1834 1. resembling a whisper 2. full of whispers
I. intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English; imitative Date: 14th century dialect British to be silent ; hush — often used interjectionally to enjoin silence II. ...
I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwistle; akin to Old Norse hvīsla to whisper Date: before 12th century 1. a. a small wind ...
whistle in the dark
phrasal to keep up one's courage by or as if by whistling
noun Date: 1970 one who reveals something covert or who informs against another • whistle-blowing noun
noun see whistle-blower
I. noun Usage: often attributive Date: circa 1925 1. a. a small station at which trains stop only on signal ; flag stop b. a small community 2. a brief personal ...
adjective see whistle II
noun Date: before 12th century one that whistles: as a. any of various birds; especially any of numerous oscine birds (especially genus Pachycephala) found chiefly in ...
biographical name James (Abbott) McNeill 1834-1903 American painter & etcher • Whistlerian adjective
adjective see Whistler
noun Date: 14th century the act or sound of one that whistles ; whistle
whistling swan
noun Date: 1785 tundra swan
noun Etymology: Middle English, probably alteration of wiht, wight creature, thing — more at wight Date: 15th century the smallest part or particle imaginable ; bit
geographical name town Canada in S Ontario population 87,413

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