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White
I. biographical name Andrew Dickson 1832-1918 American educator & diplomat II. biographical name Byron Raymond 1917-2002 American jurist III. biographical name Edward ...
white
I. adjective (whiter; whitest) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwīt; akin to Old High German hwīz white and probably to Old Church Slavic světŭ light, Sanskrit ...
white amur
noun Etymology: amur from Amur River Date: 1968 grass carp
white ant
noun Date: 1684 termite
white ash
noun Date: 1683 a North American ash (Fraxinus americana) having compound leaves with a pale green or silvery-white underside; also its hard brownish wood
white bass
noun Date: 1813 a North American freshwater bony fish (Morone chrysops of the family Percichthyidae) that is used for food
white bean
noun Date: 1763 a white kidney bean (as a cannellini bean)
White Bear Lake
geographical name city E Minnesota NE of St. Paul population 24,325
white birch
noun Date: 1789 1. paper birch; also gray birch 2. either of two Eurasian birches (Betula pubescens and B. pendula) with white or ash-colored bark that are often planted as ...
white blood cell
noun Date: 1869 any of the blood cells that are colorless, lack hemoglobin, contain a nucleus, and include the lymphocytes, monocytes, neutrophils, eosinophils, and basophils ...
white blood corpuscle
noun see white blood cell
white book
noun Date: 15th century an official report of government affairs bound in white
white cedar
noun Date: circa 1671 1. an aromatic evergreen swamp tree (Chamaecyparis thyoides) of the cypress family that occurs along the eastern coast of the United States and has ...
white cell
noun Date: 1852 white blood cell
white chip
noun Date: 1897 1. a white-colored poker chip usually of minimum value 2. a thing or quantity of little worth
white chocolate
noun Date: 1923 a confection of cocoa butter, sugar, milk solids, lecithin, and flavorings
white clover
noun Date: before 12th century a Eurasian clover (Trifolium repens) with round heads of white flowers that is widely used in lawn and pasture grass-seed mixtures and is an ...
white crappie
noun Date: circa 1926 a silvery North American sunfish (Pomoxis annularis) with five or six protruding spines on the dorsal fins that is used as a panfish and often for ...
white croaker
noun see kingfish
white Dutch clover
noun see white clover
white dwarf
noun (plural white dwarfs) Date: 1924 a small hot whitish star of low intrinsic brightness usually with a mass approximately equal to that of the sun but with a density many ...
white elephant
noun Date: 15th century 1. an Indian elephant of a pale color that is sometimes venerated in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Myanmar 2. a. a property requiring much ...
white feather
noun Etymology: from the superstition that a white feather in the plumage of a gamecock is a mark of a poor fighter Date: circa 1785 a mark or symbol of cowardice — used ...
white fir
noun Date: 1849 a large fir (Abies concolor) of western North America with pale usually bluish-green foliage, a narrow erect crown, and soft wood that is used for lumber
white flag
noun Date: 1555 1. a flag of plain white used as a flag of truce or as a token of surrender 2. a token of weakness or yielding
white flight
noun Date: 1967 the departure of whites from places (as urban neighborhoods or schools) increasingly or predominantly populated by minorities
white friar
noun Usage: often capitalized W&F Etymology: from his white habit Date: 15th century Carmelite
white gas
noun Date: 1942 unleaded gasoline used especially to fuel portable stoves — called also white gasoline
white gasoline
noun see white gas
white gold
noun Date: 1666 a pale alloy of gold especially with nickel or palladium that resembles platinum in appearance
white goods
noun plural Date: circa 1871 1. a. white fabrics especially of cotton or linen b. articles (as sheets, towels, or curtains) originally or typically made of white cloth ...
white grub
noun Date: 1740 a grub that is a destructive pest of grass roots and is the larva of various beetles and especially june bugs
white hat
noun Etymology: from the white hats stereotypically worn by law-abiding characters in movie westerns Date: 1970 1. one who is admirable and honorable 2. a mark or symbol ...
white heat
noun Date: circa 1710 1. a temperature (as for copper and iron from 1500° to 1600° C) which is higher than red heat and at which a body becomes brightly incandescent 2. a ...
white hole
noun Date: 1971 a hypothetical extremely dense celestial object that radiates enormous amounts of energy and matter — compare black hole 1
white hope
noun Date: 1911 1. a white contender for a boxing championship held by a black; also one who is felt to represent whites 2. one from whom much is expected; especially a ...
White House
noun Etymology: the White House, mansion in Washington, D.C., assigned to the use of the president of the United States Date: 1811 1. a residence of the president of the ...
white hunter
noun Date: 1945 a white man serving as guide and professional hunter to an African safari
white knight
noun Date: 1951 1. one that comes to the rescue of another; especially a corporation invited to buy out a second corporation in order to prevent an undesired takeover by a ...
white lead
noun Date: 15th century any of several white lead-containing pigments; especially a heavy poisonous basic carbonate of lead marketed as a powder or as a paste in linseed oil ...
white lightning
noun Date: 1915 moonshine 3
white line
noun Date: 15th century a band or edge of something white; especially a stripe painted on a road and used to guide traffic
white list
noun Date: 1860 a list of approved or favored items — compare blacklist • white-listed adjective
white man's burden
noun Etymology: “The White Man's Burden” (1899), poem by Rudyard Kipling Date: 1900 the alleged duty of the white peoples to manage the affairs of the less developed ...
white marlin
noun Date: circa 1950 a marlin (Tetrapturas albidus) of the Atlantic Ocean that is blue above and silvery-white below
white matter
noun Date: 1833 neural tissue especially of the brain and spinal cord that consists largely of myelinated nerve fibers bundled into tracts, has a whitish color, and ...
white metal
noun Date: 1613 1. any of several light-colored alloys used especially as a base for plated silverware and ornaments and novelties 2. any of several lead-base or tin-base ...
White Mountains
geographical name 1. mountains E California & SE Nevada 2. mountains N New Hampshire in the Appalachians — see Washington (Mount)
white mustard
noun Date: 1548 a Eurasian mustard (Brassica hirta) grown for its pale yellow seeds which yield mustard and mustard oil
White Nile
geographical name — see Nile
white noise
noun Date: 1943 1. a. a heterogeneous mixture of sound waves extending over a wide frequency range — compare pink noise b. a constant background noise; especially one ...
white oak
noun Date: 1634 any of various oaks (especially Quercus alba of eastern North America) with acorns that mature in one year and leaf veins that never extend beyond the margin ...
white oil
noun Date: 1864 any of various colorless odorless tasteless mineral oils used especially in medicine and in pharmaceutical and cosmetic preparations
white pages
noun plural Date: 1952 the section of a telephone directory that lists individuals and businesses alphabetically
white paper
noun Date: 1899 1. a government report on any subject; especially a British publication that is usually less extensive than a blue book 2. a detailed or authoritative report
White Pass
geographical name mountain pass 2890 feet (881 meters) SE Alaska on Canada (British Columbia) border
white pepper
noun Date: 14th century a pungent condiment that consists of the fruit of a pepper plant (Piper nigrum) ground after the black husk has been removed
white perch
noun Date: 1775 1. a silvery anadromous bass (Morone americana) chiefly of the coast and coastal streams of the eastern United States 2. freshwater drum 3. white crappie
white pine
noun Date: 1682 1. a. a tall-growing pine (Pinus strobus) of eastern North America with long needles in clusters of five — called also eastern white pine b. any of ...
White Plains
geographical name city SE New York NE of Yonkers population 53,077
white potato
noun Date: 1847 potato 2b
white rhino
noun see white rhinoceros
white rhinoceros
noun Date: 1838 a rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) of southern and central Africa that is distinguished from the black rhinoceros especially by larger size and by a squared ...
white rice
noun Date: 1916 rice from which the hull and bran have been removed by milling
white room
noun Date: 1961 clean room
White Russian
noun Date: 1850 1. Belarusian 2. a cocktail made of vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream or milk
white rust
noun Date: circa 1848 any of various diseases of chiefly cruciferous plants caused by a fungus (genus Albugo) and marked by white spore-filled lesions; also a fungus causing ...
white sale
noun Date: 1914 a sale of white goods
White Sands National Monument
geographical name reservation S New Mexico SW of Alamogordo comprising an area of gypsum sand dunes
white sauce
noun Date: 1723 a sauce consisting essentially of a roux with milk, cream, or stock and seasoning
White Sea
or Russian Beloye More geographical name inlet of Barents Sea NW Russia in Europe enclosed on the N by Kola Peninsula
white sea bass
noun Date: 1884 a large croaker (Atractoscion nobilis) of the Pacific coast of North America that is an important sport and food fish
white shark
noun Date: 1674 great white shark
white slave
noun Date: 1882 a woman or girl held unwillingly for purposes of commercial prostitution
white slaver
noun Date: 1911 one engaged in white-slave traffic
white slavery
noun Date: 1857 enforced prostitution
white space
noun Date: 1946 the areas of a page without print or pictures
white spruce
noun Date: 1770 1. any of several spruces; especially a widely distributed spruce (Picea glauca) of coniferous forests of Canada and the northern United States that has ...
white sucker
noun Date: 1869 a common and widespread edible sucker (Catostomus commersoni) of the United States and Canada
white supremacist
noun Date: 1945 an advocate of or believer in white supremacy
white supremacy
noun Date: 1864 a doctrine based on a belief in the inherent superiority of the white race over other races and the correlative necessity for the subordination of nonwhites ...
white trash
noun singular but plural in construction Date: 1831 usually disparaging a member of an inferior or underprivileged white social group
White Volta
geographical name — see Volta
white walnut
noun Date: 1743 1. butternut 1 2. the light-colored wood of a butternut
white water
noun Date: 1586 frothy water (as in breakers, rapids, or falls) • white-water adjective
white way
noun Etymology: the Great White Way, nickname for the theatrical section of Broadway, New York City Date: 1920 a brilliantly lighted street or avenue especially in a city's ...
white whale
noun Date: circa 1834 beluga 2
white wine
noun Date: 14th century a wine ranging in color from faintly yellow to amber that is produced from the juice alone of dark- or light-colored grapes
white zinfandel
noun Date: 1976 a blush wine made from zinfandel grapes
white-bread
adjective Date: 1977 being, typical of, or having qualities (as blandness) associated with the white middle class
white-coat hypertension
noun Etymology: from the white laboratory coats worn by physicians Date: 1986 a temporary elevation in a patient's blood pressure that occurs when measured in a medical ...
white-collar
adjective Date: 1920 of, relating to, or constituting the class of salaried employees whose duties do not call for the wearing of work clothes or protective clothing — ...
white-crowned sparrow
noun Date: 1834 a migratory sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) that breeds in northern and western North America and has a grayish breast, pink bill, and head striped with ...
white-faced
adjective Date: 1597 1. having the face white in whole or in part — used especially of an animal otherwise dark in color 2. having a wan pale face
white-footed mouse
noun Date: 1853 any of various largely nocturnal mice (genus Peromyscus) of North and Central America typically having whitish feet and underparts; especially a common ...
white-glove
adjective Date: 1979 marked by special care or attention ; meticulous
white-headed
adjective Date: 1525 1. having the hair, fur, or plumage of the head white or very light 2. specially favored ; fortunate — used especially in the phrase white-headed boy
white-hot
adjective Date: 1795 1. being at or radiating white heat 2. a. extremely hot b. exhibiting or marked by extreme fervor or zeal
white-knuckle
also white-knuckled adjective Date: 1974 marked by, causing, or experiencing tense nervousness
white-knuckled
adjective see white-knuckle
white-listed
adjective see white list
white-livered
adjective Etymology: from the former belief that the choleric temperament depends on the body's producing large quantities of yellow bile Date: 1549 pusillanimous, ...
white-pine blister rust
noun Date: 1911 a destructive disease of white pine caused by a rust fungus (Cronartium ribicola) that passes part of its complex life cycle on currant or gooseberry bushes; ...
white-shoe
adjective Date: 1957 of, associated with, or characteristic of the privileged moneyed upper class ; upper-crust
white-tailed deer
noun Date: 1849 a North American deer (Odocoileus virginianus) with a rather long tail white on the undersurface and the males of which have forward-arching antlers — ...
white-throated sparrow
noun Date: 1811 a common brown sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) chiefly of eastern North America with a black-and-white striped crown and a white patch on the throat
white-tie
adjective Date: 1930 characterized by or requiring the wearing of formal evening clothes consisting of white tie and tailcoat for men and a formal gown for women — ...
white-water
adjective see white water
whitebait
noun Date: 1758 1. the young of any of several European herrings and especially of the common herring (Clupea harengus) or of the sprat (Sprattus sprattus) 2. any of ...
whitebeard
noun Date: 15th century an old man ; graybeard
whiteboard
noun Date: 1951 a hard smooth white surface used for writing or drawing on with markers
whitecap
noun Date: 1773 a wave crest breaking into white foam — usually used in plural
Whitechapel
geographical name district of E London, England, N of Thames River in Tower Hamlets
whited
adjective Date: 13th century 1. covered with white or whiting and especially with whitewash 2. made white ; whitened
whited sepulcher
noun Etymology: from the simile in Matthew 23:27 Date: 1530 a person inwardly corrupt or wicked but outwardly or professedly virtuous or holy ; hypocrite
whiteface
noun Date: 1709 1. a white-faced animal; specifically Hereford 2. dead-white facial makeup
Whitefield
biographical name George 1714-1770 English Methodist revivalist
whitefish
noun Date: 15th century 1. a. any of various freshwater salmonid food fishes (especially of genera Coregonus and Prosopium) found usually in cold northern waters b. any ...
whitefly
noun Date: 1813 any of numerous small homopterous insects (family Aleyrodidae) that are injurious plant pests
Whitefriars
geographical name district of central London, England, on Thames River
Whitehall
noun Etymology: Whitehall, thoroughfare of London in which are located the chief offices of British government Date: 1827 the British government
whitehead
noun Date: circa 1931 a small whitish lump in the skin due to retention of keratin in an oil gland duct — called also milium
Whitehead
I. biographical name Alfred North 1861-1947 English mathematician & philosopher II. biographical name William 1715-1785 English dramatist; poet laureate (1757-85)
Whitehorse
geographical name city NW Canada capital of Yukon Territory on upper Yukon River population 19,058
whitely
adverb Date: 14th century with an effect of whiteness ; so as to show or appear white
whiten
verb (whitened; whitening) Date: 14th century transitive verb to make white or whiter intransitive verb to become white or whiter
whitener
noun Date: 1611 one that whitens; specifically an agent (as a bleach) used to impart whiteness to something
whiteness
noun Date: before 12th century 1. the quality or state of being white: as a. white color b. pallor, paleness c. freedom from stain ; cleanness 2. white substance
whitening
noun Date: 1601 1. the act or process of making or becoming white 2. something that is used to make white ; whiting
whiteout
noun Etymology: white + blackout Date: 1942 a surface weather condition in a snow-covered area (as a polar region) in which no object casts a shadow, the horizon cannot be ...
whitesmith
noun Date: 14th century 1. tinsmith 2. a worker in iron who finishes or polishes the work
whitetail
noun Date: 1872 white-tailed deer
whitetail deer
noun see white-tailed deer
whitethroat
noun Date: 1676 any of several birds with white on the throat: as a. an Old World warbler (Sylvia communis) with rusty upper parts and largely pale buff underparts b. ...
whitewall
noun Date: 1953 an automobile tire having a white band on the sidewall
whitewash
I. transitive verb Date: 1591 1. to whiten with whitewash 2. a. to gloss over or cover up (as vices or crimes) b. to exonerate by means of a perfunctory ...
whitewasher
noun see whitewash I
whitewashing
noun Date: 1663 an act or instance of applying whitewash; also whitewash 3
whitewing
noun Date: 1898 a person and especially a street sweeper wearing a white uniform
whitewood
noun Date: 1631 1. any of various trees with pale or white wood: as a. tulip tree 1 b. an Australian tree (Atalaya hemiglauca) of the soapberry family 2. the wood of a ...
whitey
noun Usage: often capitalized Date: 1828 usually disparaging the white man ; white society
whither
I. adverb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwider; akin to Latin quis who and to Old English hider hither — more at who, hither Date: before 12th century 1. to ...
whithersoever
conjunction Date: 14th century to whatever place
whitherward
adverb Date: 13th century archaic toward what or which place
whiting
I. noun (plural whiting; also whitings) Etymology: Middle English, from Middle Dutch witinc, from wit white; akin to Old English hwīt white Date: 15th century any of various ...
whitish
adjective see white I
whitlow
noun Etymology: Middle English whitflawe, whitflowe, whitlowe Date: 14th century a deep usually suppurative inflammation of the finger or toe especially near the end or ...
Whitman
I. biographical name Marcus 1802-1847 & his wife Narcissa 1808-1847 née Prentiss American missionaries & pioneers II. biographical name Walt 1819-1892 originally Walter ...
Whitmanesque
adjective see Whitman II
Whitmanian
adjective see Whitman II
Whitmonday
noun Etymology: Whit sunday + Monday Date: 1557 the day after Whitsunday observed as a legal holiday in England, Wales, and Ireland
Whitney
I. biographical name Eli 1765-1825 American inventor II. biographical name Josiah Dwight 1819-1896 American geologist III. biographical name William Dwight 1827-1894 ...
Whitney, Mount
geographical name mountain 14,495 feet (4418 meters) SE central California in Sierra Nevada in Sequoia National Park; highest in the United States outside of Alaska
Whitsun
adjective Etymology: Middle English Whitson, from Whitsonday Date: 14th century of, relating to, or observed on Whitsunday or at Whitsuntide
Whitsunday
noun Etymology: Middle English Whitsonday, from Old English hwīta sunnandæg, literally, white Sunday; probably from the custom of wearing white robes by those newly baptized ...
Whitsuntide
noun Date: 13th century the week beginning with Whitsunday and especially the first three days of this week
Whittaker
biographical name Charles Evans 1901-1973 American jurist
Whittier
I. biographical name John Greenleaf 1807-1892 American poet II. geographical name city SW California SE of Los Angeles population 83,680
whittle
I. noun Etymology: Middle English whittel, alteration of thwitel, from thwiten to whittle, from Old English thwītan; akin to Old Norse thveita to hew Date: 15th century ...
whittler
noun see whittle II
whittling
noun Date: 1833 1. the act or art of whittling 2. a piece cut away in whittling
whittret
noun Etymology: Middle English whitrat, from white, whit white + rat rat Date: 15th century chiefly Scottish weasel
whity
or whitey adjective Date: 1593 somewhat white ; whitish — usually used in combination
whiz
I. verb or whizz (whizzed; whizzing) Etymology: imitative Date: 1582 intransitive verb 1. to hum, whir, or hiss like a speeding object (as an arrow or ball) passing ...
whiz kid
also whizz kid noun Etymology: 3whiz Date: circa 1942 a person who is unusually intelligent, clever, or successful especially at an early age
whiz-bang
adjective see whizbang
whizbang
also whizzbang noun Date: 1915 one that is conspicuous for noise, speed, excellence, or startling effect • whiz-bang adjective
whizz
I. verb see whiz I II. noun see whiz II
whizz kid
noun see whiz kid
whizzbang
noun see whizbang
whizzer
noun Date: 1851 one that whizzes; especially a centrifugal machine for drying something (as grain, sugar, or nitrated cotton)
whizzy
adjective (whizzier; -est) Etymology: 3whiz Date: 1977 wizardly 2
who
pronoun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwā; akin to Old High German hwer, interrogative pronoun, who, Latin quis, Greek tis, Latin qui, relative pronoun, who ...
WHO
abbreviation World Health Organization
who is who
or who's who or who was who phrasal the identity of or the noteworthy facts about each of a number of persons
who was who
phrasal see who is who
who'd
Date: 1640 who had ; who would
who's who
noun Usage: often capitalized both Ws Date: 1917 1. a compilation of brief biographical sketches of prominent persons in a particular field
whoa
verb imperative Etymology: Middle English whoo, who Date: 15th century 1. — a command (as to a draft animal) to stand still 2. cease or slow a course of action or a line ...
whodunit
also whodunnit noun Etymology: alteration of who done it? Date: 1930 a detective story or mystery story
whodunnit
noun see whodunit
whoever
pronoun Date: 13th century whatever person ; no matter who — used in any grammatical relation except that of a possessive
whole
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English hool healthy, unhurt, entire, from Old English hāl; akin to Old High German heil healthy, unhurt, Old Norse heill, Old Church Slavic ...
whole cloth
noun Date: 1840 pure fabrication — usually used in the phrase out of whole cloth
whole food
noun Date: 1970 a natural food and especially an unprocessed one (as a vegetable or fruit)
whole gale
noun Date: circa 1805 wind having a speed of 55 to 63 miles (88 to 102 kilometers) per hour — see Beaufort scale table
whole hog
I. noun Date: 1828 the whole way or farthest limit — usually used adverbially in the phrase go the whole hog II. adverb Date: 1844 to the fullest extent ; without ...
whole language
noun Date: 1984 a method of teaching reading and writing that emphasizes learning whole words and phrases by encountering them in meaningful contexts rather than by phonics ...
whole note
noun Date: 1841 a musical note equal in time value to four quarter notes or two half notes — see note illustration
whole number
noun Date: 1542 any of the set of nonnegative integers; also integer
whole rest
noun Date: 1851 a musical rest corresponding in time value to a whole note
whole step
noun Date: circa 1899 a musical interval (as C-D or C-B♭) comprising two half steps — called also whole tone
whole tone
noun see whole step
whole wheat
adjective Date: 1848 made of ground entire wheat kernels
whole-hog
adjective Date: 1829 committed without reservation ; thoroughgoing
whole-life
adjective Date: 1845 of, relating to, or being life insurance with a fixed premium for the life of the policyholder and a cash value that can be redeemed on sale of the policy ...
whole-souled
adjective Date: 1822 moved by ardent enthusiasm or single-minded devotion ; wholehearted
wholehearted
adjective Date: 1836 1. completely and sincerely devoted, determined, or enthusiastic 2. marked by complete earnest commitment ; free from all reserve or hesitation ...
wholeheartedly
adverb see wholehearted
wholemeal
adjective Date: 1828 British whole wheat
wholeness
noun see whole I
wholesale
I. noun Date: 15th century the sale of commodities in quantity usually for resale (as by a retail merchant) II. adjective Date: 1642 1. performed or existing on a large ...
wholesaler
noun Date: 1857 a merchant middleman who sells chiefly to retailers, other merchants, or industrial, institutional, and commercial users mainly for resale or business use
wholesome
adjective Date: 13th century 1. promoting health or well-being of mind or spirit 2. promoting health of body 3. a. sound in body, mind, or morals b. having the ...
wholesomely
adverb see wholesome
wholesomeness
noun see wholesome
wholly
adverb Etymology: Middle English hoolly, from hool whole Date: 14th century 1. to the full or entire extent ; completely 2. to the exclusion of other things ; solely
whom
pronoun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwām, dative of hwā who Date: before 12th century objective case of who — used as an interrogative or relative; used as ...
whomever
pronoun objective case of whoever
whomp
I. noun Etymology: imitative Date: 1926 a loud slap, crash, or crunch II. verb Date: 1942 intransitive verb to strike with a sharp noise or thump transitive verb 1. ...
whomp up
transitive verb Date: 1949 to stir up ; arouse
whomso
pronoun objective case of whoso
whomsoever
pronoun objective case of whosoever
whoop
I. verb Etymology: Middle English whopen, houpen, from Anglo-French huper, of imitative origin Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to utter a whoop in expression of ...
whoop it up
phrasal 1. to celebrate riotously ; carouse 2. to stir up enthusiasm
whoop-de-do
or whoop-de-doo noun Etymology: probably irregular from 2whoop Date: 1929 1. noisy and exuberant or attention-getting activity (as at a social affair or in a political ...
whoop-de-doo
noun see whoop-de-do
whoopee
I. interjection Etymology: irregular from 2whoop Date: 1845 — used to express exuberance II. noun Date: 1924 1. boisterous convivial fun ; merrymaking — usually used ...
whoopee cushion
noun Date: 1953 a cushion that makes a sound like the breaking of wind when sat upon
whooper
noun Date: 1660 one that whoops; specifically whooping crane
whooper swan
noun Date: 1879 a chiefly Eurasian swan (Cygnus cygnus) with a yellow and black bill — compare trumpeter swan
whooping cough
noun Date: circa 1670 an infectious respiratory disease especially of children caused by a bacterium (Bordetella pertussis) and marked by a convulsive spasmodic cough ...
whooping crane
noun Date: circa 1730 a large white nearly extinct North American crane (Grus americana) noted for its loud trumpeting call
whoopla
noun Etymology: alteration of hoopla Date: 1931 1. hoopla 2. boisterous merrymaking
whoops
variant of oops
whoosh
I. noun Etymology: imitative Date: 1856 a swift or explosive rush; also the sound created by such a rush — often used interjectionally II. verb Date: 1909 intransitive ...
whop
I. transitive verb or whap (whopped or whapped; whopping or whapping) Etymology: Middle English whappen, alteration of wappen to throw violently Date: 14th century 1. to ...
whopper
noun Etymology: 1whop Date: circa 1712 1. something unusually large or otherwise extreme of its kind 2. an extravagant or monstrous lie
whopping
adjective Date: circa 1625 extremely large; also extraordinary, incredible
whore
I. noun Etymology: Middle English hore, from Old English hōre; akin to Old Norse hōra whore, hōrr adulterer, Latin carus dear — more at charity Date: before 12th century ...
whoredom
noun Date: 12th century 1. the practice of whoring ; prostitution 2. faithless, unworthy, or idolatrous practices or pursuits
whorehouse
noun Date: 14th century a building in which prostitutes are available ; bordello
whoremaster
noun Date: 14th century a man consorting with whores or given to lechery
whoremonger
noun Date: 1526 whoremaster
whoreson
noun Usage: often attributive Date: 14th century 1. bastard 2. a coarse fellow — used as a generalized term of abuse
Whorfian hypothesis
noun Etymology: Benjamin Lee Whorf died 1941 American anthropologist Date: 1954 a theory in linguistics: one's language determines one's conception of the world
whorish
adjective Date: 1535 of or befitting a whore
whorl
noun Etymology: Middle English wharle, whorle, probably alteration of whirle, from whirlen to whirl Date: 15th century 1. a drum-shaped section on the lower part of a ...
whorled
adjective Date: 1567 having or arranged in whorls
whortleberry
noun Etymology: alteration of earlier hurtleberry, from Middle English hurtilberye, irregular from Old English horte whortleberry + Middle English berye berry Date: 1578 1. ...
whose
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English whos, genitive of who, what Date: before 12th century of or relating to whom or which especially as possessor or possessors , agent or ...
whosesoever
adjective Date: 1611 of or relating to whomsoever
whoso
pronoun Date: 12th century whoever
whosoever
pronoun Date: 13th century whoever
whump
intransitive verb Etymology: imitative Date: 1897 bang, thump • whump noun
whup
transitive verb (whupped; whupping) Etymology: alteration of whip Date: 1852 1. to administer a beating to especially as punishment 2. to defeat decisively
why
I. adverb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwȳ, instrumental case of hwæt what — more at what Date: before 12th century for what cause, reason, or purpose ...
whydah
noun Etymology: alteration of widow (bird) Date: 1783 any of various mostly brownish African passerine birds (genera Euplectes and Vidua) often kept as cage birds and ...
wi
abbreviation when issued
WI
abbreviation Wisconsin
WIA
abbreviation wounded in action
Wicca
noun Etymology: probably from Old English wicca wizard — more at witch Date: 1959 a religion influenced by pre-Christian beliefs and practices of western Europe that ...
Wiccan
adjective or noun see Wicca
Wichita
geographical name 1. city S central Kansas on Arkansas River population 344,284 2. river 250 miles (402 kilometers) N Texas flowing ENE into Red River
Wichita Falls
geographical name city N Texas on Wichita River population 104,197
Wichita Mountains
geographical name mountains SW Oklahoma; highest 2464 feet (751 meters)
wick
I. noun Etymology: Middle English weke, wicke, from Old English wēoce; akin to Old High German wiohha wick, Middle Irish figid he weaves Date: before 12th century a bundle ...
wicked
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, alteration of wicke wicked, perhaps from Old English wicca Date: 13th century 1. morally very bad ; evil 2. a. fierce, vicious ...
wickedly
adverb see wicked I
wickedness
noun Date: 14th century 1. the quality or state of being wicked 2. something wicked
wicker
noun Etymology: Middle English wiker, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialect vikker willow, Old Norse veikr weak — more at weak Date: 14th century 1. a small ...
wickerwork
noun Date: 1719 work consisting of interlaced pliant twigs or branches
wicket
noun Etymology: Middle English wiket, from Anglo-French, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse vīk inlet, corner Date: 13th century 1. a small gate or door; ...
wicketkeeper
noun Date: circa 1750 a fielder in cricket who stands behind the wicket at which the ball is being bowled
wicking
noun Date: 1846 material for wicks

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