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n whittle
pare; cut away thin bits (from wood); fashion in this way; reduce gradually; trim
s pare
cut away the outer covering or skin of (with a knife); trim; Ex. pare apples/expenses
n whorl
ring of leaves around stem; ring; circular arrangement; Ex. whorls on the fingers
willful
wilful; intentional; headstrong
s wilt
loose freshness; droop
wily
crafty; cunning; artful; N. wile: deceitful stratagem
n wince
move back suddenly; shrink back; flinch; Ex. She winced as she touched the cold body.
s start
move suddenly or involuntarily; Ex. start at the sight of a snake
n windfall
fallen fruit; unexpected lucky event
n winnow
sift; separate the chaff from grain by blowing; separate good parts from bad; CF. wind
s sift
put through a sieve to separate fine from coarse particles; sort or examine carefully
n winsome
charming (in a childlike way); agreeable; gracious; engaging
n wispy
thin; slight; barely discernible
s wisp
small bunch (of hair); faint streak (of smoke)
n wistful
sadly thoughtful (because of desires or memories); sadly pensive; vaguely longing
n withdrawn
introverted; retiring; remote
s remote
distant in manner; aloof
n wither
(of a plant) dry up from loss of moisture; lose freshness; shrivel; decay
s shrivel
make or become shrunken and wrinkled (often by drying)
n withhold
refuse to give; hold back; Ex. withholding tax
withstand
stand up against; resist successfully
witless
lacking intelligence or wit; foolish; idiotic
n witticism
witty saying; wisecrack(clever joking remark)
wizardry
sorcery; magic
n wizened
shriveled; withered; Ex. wizened apple/old lady
woe
great sorrow; deep inconsolable grief; affliction; suffering; Ex. financial woes
s woeful
sad; (of something bad) deplorable; deplorably bad; Ex. woeful housing conditions
n wont
(the stated person\'s) habit or custom; habitual procedure; ADJ. wonted: customary
worldly
engrossed in matters of this earth; not spiritual; of the material world
n wrangle
quarrel noisily; obtain through arguing; herd cattle; N.
s herd
group of animals; crowd; one who looks after a herd; Ex. shepherd/goatherd; Ex. herd instinct; Ex. herdsman; V: come together in a herd; look after a herd; Ex. herd cattle
wrath
anger; fury
n wreak
inflict; Ex. wreak one\'s vengeance on
wrench
twist; pull; strain; Ex. He wrenched the gun out of her hands.
n wrest
obtain by pulling violently; pull away; take by violence; Ex. wrest victory from their grasp
n writ
written command issued by a court (telling someone to do or not to do something)
n writhe
twist in coils; contort in pain
n wry
(esp. of an expression of the face) twisted; with a humorous twist (expressing displeasure)
xenophobia
fear or hatred of foreigners; N. xenophobe
n yen
strong desire; longing; urge; Ex. yen for travel
n yeoman
man or farmer owning small estate; middle-class farmer
yield
amount produced; crop; income on investment; profit obtained from an investment; V: produce; give in; surrender
n yoke
join together; unite; N: crossbar used to joining two draft animals
n yokel
rustic; country bumpkin; Ã̳ð
n yore
time long past; Ex. in the days of yore
n zany
comic; crazy; N: clown; comical person (given to outlandish behavior)
zeal
eager enthusiasm (to a cause or ideal); ADJ. zealous
zealot
one who is zealous; fanatic; person who shows excessive zeal
zenith
point directly overhead in the sky; summit; acme; highest point
n zephyr
gentle breeze; west wind
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