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waif

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noun \ˈwāf\

Definition of waif

  1. 1a :  a piece of property (such as property washed up by the sea) found but unclaimedb waifs plural :  stolen goods thrown away by a thief in flight

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

  3. 3 :  an extremely thin and usually young woman

waifish

play \ˈwā-fish\ adjective

waiflike

play \ˈwāf-ˌlīk\ adjective

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

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Definition of waif

  1. :  waft 4

Origin and Etymology of waif

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



WAIF Defined for Kids

waif

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noun \ˈwāf\

Definition of waif for Students

  1. :  a homeless child



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