Toughest of the vocabulary explained visually from SKMClasses
wabbit – Scottish: exhausted or unwell
wadi – a streambed (in Middle East and north Africa) that is usually dry except during the rainy season
wahine – 1. a Polynesian woman. 2. a woman surfer
wailing wall – a place to vent one’s woes or (less often) to seek relief from them
wainwright – a wagon-maker
waldo – a mechanical agent, such as a gripper arm, controlled by a human limb
walpurgisnacht or walpurgis night – the eve of May Day, when witches ride to a rendezvous; also, something having a nightmarish quality
wamble (also here) – to move unsteadily or with a weaving, wobbling or rolling motion (noun: an upset stomach; a wobble or roll)
wand (verb) – to check (a person) with a metal-detecting wand, as at an airport
wandering queer – slang; west coast US: someone who doesn’t know if he/she is homosexual or heterosexual
wanker – Australian slang: one who masturbates. A good all-purpose insult.
wannabe – 1. one who aspires to a role or position. 2. one who imitates the behavior, customs, or dress of an admired person or group. 3. a product
designed to imitate the qualities or characteristics of something
wanton – 1. immoral or unchaste; lewd (noun: one who so behaves) 2. unrestrainedly excessive, as wanton waste
war horse – a respected veteran, reliable and competent – but uninspired and a little bit past his time [also used for things, such as a play or hymn]
warren – a colony of rabbits (also, an overcrowded or maze-like area)
wasabi – a pungent, green Japanese condiment. Often served to accompany sushi.
waspish – 1. like a wasp (sharply irritable, or showing irritation) 2. like a WASP (disparaging: of the power elite or the social elite of White Anglo Saxon Protestants)
wassail – a festivity characterized by much drinking; a toast to drinking someone’s health at festivity. verb: to drink to the health of
wastrel – 1. a spendthrift; one who squanders money 2. an idler; a loafer; a good-for-nothing
waterboarding – interrogation technique, variously defined. The prisoner is tied head-down on an inclined board, cellophane or a cloth is wrapped over his face, and water is poured over him. Produces an overwhelming sensation of drowning.
watergate – Is the term being used for “political scandal”, much as one’s ‘Waterloo’ is used to mean “decisive defeat”?
wattle and daub – wattle, overlaid with clay, as a construction material.
wattle – 1. the red fleshy skin hanging at the throat of a turkey or chicken, or like neck-skin on other birds or on lizards 2. a framework of stakes with branches interwoven, to form a fence
Wearisome – Torpid, Vapid, Lackluster – So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness. “other people’s dreams are dreadfully wearisome”.
Short Story describing the word Wearisome is at
weathercock – a weathervane shaped like a rooster (technically, shaped like a cockerel – a young domestic cock) Also used to mean something very changeable or fickle.
weave impression or weave emphasis (in art conservation) – a damage (irreversible?) that frequently occurs with lining or relining an old painting (adding another layer of canvas behind the original, for stronger support). During lining the paint is heated up and softened, and the weave of the canvas can be pressed into the paint, ruining the original texture of the brushwork.
webster – a weaver [the root means “web”, a nice image.]
ween – (archaic:) to think; suppose; believe
Short Story describing the meaning of the word Ween is at
weir – 1. a dam 2. a fence, etc. built in a stream, to trap fish
Welch – eponym: to renege on a deal
Short Story describing the meaning of the word Welch is at
Wellerism – eponym: a familiar phrase put in the mouth of one whose situation humorously brings to mind another meaning of that phrase. The double meaning may be by punning on sound, by a double-meaning of a word, or by a contrast of figurative and literal usages. See Tom Swiftie; croaker.
wellhead; wellspring – a source, spring, or fountain; also, a principal source; a fountainhead: a wellspring of ideas. (One source suggests that a wellspring is not usually just the beginning point but also source of continuing supply)
well-heeled – well-off financially [from cock-fighting]