noun \ˈwāf\

Definition of WAIF

a :  a piece of property found (as washed up by the sea) but unclaimed
b plural :  stolen goods thrown away by a thief in flight
a :  something found without an owner and especially by chance
b :  a stray person or animal; especially :  a homeless child
waif·ish \ˈwā-fish\ adjective
waif·like \ˈwāf-ˌlīk\ adjective

Origin of WAIF

Middle English weif, waif, from Anglo-French, from waif, adjective, stray, unclaimed, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse veif something flapping, veifa to be in movement — more at wipe
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with WAIF



Definition of WAIF

:  waft 4

Origin of WAIF

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse veif something flapping
First Known Use: 1530
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noun \ˈwāf\

Definition of WAIF for Kids

:  a homeless child


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