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WAFT, v. t. to beckon
WAFTAGE, sub. passage by water
WAFTURE, sub. waving of the hand
WAGE, v. t. to remunerate; to risk; waged
equal=were on an equality
WAIST, sub. that part of the ship between the
quarter-deck and the forecastle
WAKE, sub. a late revel; v. t. to keep late revel
WALL-EYED, adj. fierce-eyed, with a large portion
of the white visible
WALL-NEWT, sub. a lizard
WANNED, v. t. turned pale
WANNION. In the phrase, 'with a waniron'=
'with a vengeance.' The form' wenion' is not
uncommon in writers of the period
WAPPENED, pt. p. of doubtful meaning, perhaps
overworn, stale
WARD, sub. a guard in fencing; a bolt
WARDEN, sub. a large baking pear
WARDER, sub. a truncheon
WARN, v. t. to summon to battle
WARRENER, sub. a gamekeeper
WASSAIL, sub. revelry
WAT, sub. term for the hare
WATCH, sub. a watch candle, which marked the
hours; v. t. to tame by keeping awake
WATCH-CASE, sub. a sentry box
WATER, sub. lustre of a diamond; v. i. to drink
WATER-COLOURS, sub. weak fellows
WATER-GALLS, secondary rainbows
WATERISH, adj. watery; watery, or else weak
WATER-RUGS, sub. rough water-dogs
WATERS, FOR ALL, fit for anything
WATERS, TO RAISE, excite tears
WATER-WORK, sub. a painting in water-colour
WATERY, adj. eagerly desirous
WAUL, v. i. to cry as an infant
WAVE, v. i. to fluctuate
WAXEN, v. i. to grow, to increase
WEALS-MEN, sub. statesmen
WEALTH, sub. prosperity
WEATHER, sub. storm
WEB AND THE PIN, sub. a disease of the eye, per-
haps the cataract
WEEK, TO BE IN BY THE, to be a close prisoner
WEEPING-RIPE, ready to weep
WEET, v .t. to know
WEIRD, adj. fatal
WELKIN, sub. blue
WELL-GRACED, adj. graceful or popular
WELL-SEEN, adj. well-skilled
WELL-WISHED, adj. popular
WELSH HOOK, sub. a sort of battle-axe
WESTWARD-HO! the cry of watermen on the
Thames
WEZAND, sub. the windpipe
WHEEL, sub. tlie burthen or refrain of a song, or
else a spinning wheel at which it was sung;
v. t. to roam
WHELK, sub. a pimple
WHELKED, adj. covered with knobs
WHEN, an exclamation of impatience
WHEN AS, adv. when
WHERE, adv. whereas
WHE'R, adv. whether
WHEY-FACE, adj. pale-faced; covered with youthful down
WHIFFLER, sub. one who cleared the way in a
procession
WHILE, adv. until
WHILE AS, adv. while; 'whilst,'
WHILE-ERE, adv. not long ago
WHILES, adv. while
WHILE, THE, adv. meanwhile; 'the whiles,'
WHIPSTER, sub. a term of contempt for a novice,
WHIPSTOCK, sub. handle of a whip
WHIR, v. i. to hurry away
WHIST, adj. still
WHISTLB, WORTH THE, worth notice, regard.
Comp. the proverb, 'It's a poor dog that is
not worth the whistling
WHISTLE HER OFF, dismiss the hawk from the
fist
WHITE, sub. the bull's-eye in a target
WHITE-LIVERBD, adj. cowardly. Comp. LILY-LIVERED.
WHITING-TIME, sub. bleaching-time
WHITSTER, sub. a bleacher
WHITTLE, sub. a clasp-knife
WHOOBUB, sub. hubbub
WIDE, adv. distracted, astray
WIGHTLY [O. Ed.WHITELY], adj. nimble,
WILD, sub. weald
WILDERNESS, sub. wideness
WILD MARE, TO RIDE THE, to play at see-saw
WILDNESS, sub. distraction
WILFUL-BLAME, wilfully incurring blame
WIMPLED, pt. p. blindfolded
('Wimple' was a neck-handkerchief.)
WIND, sub. 'have the wind of '-=- have the ad-
vantage of
WIND, ALLOW THE, to give air; v. i. to scent
; to blow; to manage
WINDGALLS, sub. swellings in the legs of a horse
WINDLASS, sub. a circuit
WINDOW, pt. p. seated in a window
WINDOW-BARS, sub. lattice-like embroidery, worn
by women across the breast
WINDOWED, adj. full of holes
WINDRING, pr. p. winding
WINK, sub. sleep; to be blind, to be in the dark
WINKING, pr. p. blind
WINNOWED, adj. wise, sensible
WINTER-GROUND, v. t. to protect a plant from the
cold by covering it up with straw
WIPE, sub. a brand, mark of disgrace
WISE-WOMAN, sub. a witch
WISP OF STRAW, sub. the badge of a scold
WISTLY, adj. wistfully
WITCH, sub. a wizard
WITH, prep. by, being greeted with
WITH HIMSELF=in possession of his faculties
WITHAL, I COULD NOT DO=I could not help it
WITHOUT, adv. except. Two Gent
WITTOL, sub. a contented cuckold
WITTOLLY, adj. wittol-like
WOMAN, sub. 'woman me to it'=make me show
my woman's weakness
WOMAN'D, adj. accompanied by a woman
WOMAN-QUELLER, sub. a murderer of woman
WOMAN-TIRED, adj. henpecked
WOMB, v. t. to enclose
WOMBY, adj. hollow
WONDERED, pt. p. wonder-working
Woo, v. t. to solicit
WOOD, adj. mad
WOODCOCK, sub. a simpleton
WOODEN THING, ' an awkward business, not likely
to succeed' [Steevens]
WOODMAN, sub. a wencher
WOOLLEN, to lie in the blankets
WOOLWARD, TO GO, to wear wool instead of linen
next the skin, a penance
WORD, v. t. to represent; to fool with words
WORK, sub. a fortification
WORRY-DAY, adj. common. Comp. WORKING-DAY
WORLD, sub. 'to go to the world '=to be married;' woman
of the world'=married woman; 'a world to see'=a wonder to
see; the microcosm
WORM, sub. a serpent; a creature
WRANGLER, sub. an adversary, a tennis term
WREAK, sub. vengeance; to revenge
WREAKFUL, adj. revengeful
WREST, sub. a tuning key
WRETCH, sub. a term of endearment
WRING, v. t. to writhe
WRINGING, sub. torture
WRIT=wrote, claimed
WRITHLED, pt. p. wrinkled
WRY, v. i. to swerve
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