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waif

play
noun \ˈwāf\

Definition of waif

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 a :  something found without an owner and especially by chance b :  a stray person or animal; especially :  a homeless child

waifish play \ˈwā-fish\ adjective
waiflike play \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


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waif

noun

Definition of waif

  1. :  waft 4



Origin of waif

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse veif something flapping


First Known Use: 1530



WAIF Defined for Kids

waif

play
noun \ˈwāf\

Definition of waif for Students

  1. :  a homeless child




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