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waif

noun \ ˈwāf \

Definition of waif

1 a :a piece of property (such as property washed up by the sea) found but unclaimed
b waifs plural :stolen goods thrown away by a thief in flight
2 a :something found without an owner and especially by chance
b :a stray person or animal; especially :a homeless child
3 :an extremely thin and usually young woman

waifish

play \ˈwā-fish\ adjective

waiflike

play \ˈwāf-ˌlīk\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology 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


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waif

noun

Definition of waif

:waft 4

Origin and Etymology of waif

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



WAIF Defined for Kids

waif

noun \ ˈwāf \

Definition of waif for Students

:a homeless child


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