- waft Dictionary lookup
(v.) move gently by wind or breeze
The smoke wafted out of the chimney.
- wan Dictionary lookup
(adj.) lacking color; sickly pale
Her face became wan at the sight of blood.
- wane Dictionary lookup
(v.) to gradually become less; to grow dim
After time, interest in the show will wane and it will no longer be as popular.
The full moon waned until it was nothing but a sliver in the sky.
- wanton Dictionary lookup
(adj.) unmanageable; unjustifiably malicious
My wanton hunger must be satiated.
With wanton aggression, the army attacked the defenseless village.
It is hard to lose weight when one has a wanton desire for sweets.
- warrant Dictionary lookup
(v.) justify; authorize
The police official warranted the arrest of the suspect once enough proof had been found.
- welter Dictionary lookup
(n.) a confused mass; turmoil
When the emergency alarm sounded, a welter of shivering office workers formed in the street as people evacuated the site.
The welter moved from street to street to escape the fire.
- wheedle Dictionary lookup
(v.) to influence or persuade
The crook may attempt to wheedle the money from the bank.
He tried hard to wheedle his father into buying him a car.
- whet Dictionary lookup
(v.) to sharpen by rubbing; to stimulate
Before carving the turkey, you must whet the blade.
The smell of cooking food has whet my appetite.
The smell of dinner cooking whetted her appetite.
- wily Dictionary lookup
(adj.) concealing; sly
The wily explanation was meant to confuse the investigator.
- winsome Dictionary lookup
(adj.) charming; sweetly attractive
His winsome words moved the crowd to love him even more.
- wither Dictionary lookup
(v.) wilt; shrivel; humiliate; cut down
The plant withered slowly since it received little light and little water.
- wizened Dictionary lookup
(adj.) shriveled; withered
The wizened face of the old man was covered by his hat.
- wooden Dictionary lookup
(adj.) to be expressionless or dull
The wooden expression of the man made him look like a statue.
- workaday Dictionary lookup
The workaday meal was not exciting to the world class chef.
- wrath Dictionary lookup
(n.) violent or unrestrained anger; fury
Do not trespass on his property or you will have to deal with his wrath.
- wreak Dictionary lookup
(v.) to give vent; to inflict
The dragon will wreak havoc upon the countryside.
- wrest Dictionary lookup
(v.) to pull or force away by a violent twisting
The warriors wrest the power from the king.
- wretched Dictionary lookup
(adj.) miserable or unhappy; causing distress
Brought up in an orphanage, Annie led a wretched existence.
The continual rain made for a wretched vacation.