Dictionary: WAM – WAO


• WAM
n. a scar …a1585 Sc. obs.

• WAMBLE
n. 1. a rolling or nausea in the stomach; a feeling of nausea; queasiness …1603
n. 2. an act of seething or bubbling up when brought to boiling-point …1620 obs.
n. 3. an unsteady movement of a person or thing; a roll of the body; a rolling or staggering gait …1825
vb. 1. to feel nausea …a1300 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
vb. 2. to turn and twist the body about; to roll or wriggle about, to roll over and over …c1420 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
vb. 3. to swarm with vermin …1485 obs. rare
vb. 4. to twist or turn something over and over; to turn a thing round or upside down …1561 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
vb. 5. of things: to totter, to waver; to move unsteadily, to stagger, to reel …1589 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
vb. 6. to roll about in walking; to go with an unsteady gait …1611 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
vb. 7. of water, the blood: to seethe, to boil …1636 obs.

• WAMBLE-CROPPED
adj. 1. affected with nausea, sick …1552
adj. 2. tipsy …1736 Amer. dial.
adj. 3. unhappy, discomfited, irritated; dissatisfied; offended …1836 Amer. dial.
adj. 4. vaguely unwell, under the weather …1844 Amer. dial.

• THE WAMBLES
n. a feeling of nausea, queasiness …M17 sl.

• WAMBLE-STOMACHED
adj. affected with nausea, sick …a1610 obs.

• WAMBLETY-CROPPED
adj. suffering from an upset stomach due to excessive drinking …L17 sl.

• WAMBLINESS
n. nausea …1900 Eng. dial.

• WAMBLINGLY
adv. nauseously …1561

• WAMBLY
adj. 1. shaky, tottering, unsteady …1857 Eng. dial.
adj. 2. affected with nausea …1872 Eng. dial.
adj. 3. causing nausea …1899 Eng. dial.

• WAME
n. 1. the womb …c1425 obs.
n. 2. the belly, the stomach …1611 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
n. 3. the vagina …L18 sl.

• WAMEFUL
n. a bellyful, enough to satisfy a want or desire …1722 Sc.

• WAME-ILL
n. stomach-ache …1829 N. Eng. dial.

• WAMFLE
vb. to go about with flapping garments; of garments, etc.: to flap, to flutter in the wind …1808 Sc.

• WAMFLER
n. ? a beau, a gallant; a member of fashionable society …a1500 Sc.

• WAMLEY
adj. affected with nausea …1872 Eng. dial.

• WAMMING
n. lamentation …a1300 obs.

• WAMMUL
n. a dog …Eng. dial.

• WAMPA TOOLE
n. a homemade alcoholic drink consisting of any combination of hard liquors, with other beverages or fruit sometimes added; by extension, an occasion at which this is consumed …1981 Amer. dial.

• WAMPISH
vb. 1. to wave or toss one’s arms about …1816 Sc.
vb. 2. to wave to and fro …1818 Sc.

• WAMPO
n. beer slops or overflow, recycled and served as fresh beer …1940s sl.

• WAMPUM
n. money …1897 jocular usage

• WAMPUM AND WARPAINT
n. evening dress …1890 jocular usage

• WAMPUS
n. 1. an imaginary animal or monster; a hobgoblin …1878 Amer. dial.
n. 2. an extraordinary example of its kind …1907 Amer. dial.
n. 3. a mean, difficult or objectionable person; an offensive or loathsome person …1912 Amer. dial.
n. 4. a large man …1950s W. Indies

• WAMPUS CAT
n. 1. an imaginary animal or monster; a hobgoblin …1913 Amer. dial.
n. 2. a virago; a mean, difficult, or objectionable person; a violent or bad-tempered woman …1915 Amer. dial.
n. 3. a tough-looking Black person …1967 Amer. dial.

• WAMPUS-JAWED
adj. 1. having a swollen jaw …1950 Amer. dial.
adj. 2. askew, awry …1967 Amer. dial.

• WAMPUS KITTY
n. an imaginary animal or monster; a hobgoblin …1954 Amer. dial.

• WAMPY
adj. mad, insane …1950s NZ sl.

• WAN
adj. 1. lacking light or lustre; dark-hued, dusky, gloomy, dark …c1230 chiefly poetic usage, obs.
adj. 2. sad, dismal; also, awful, deadly, cruel, wicked …c1400 poetic usage, obs.
n. 1. a dark or livid mark produced by a blow; a bruise …1533 Sc. obs.
n. 2. the sail of a windmill …1766 obs.
vb. to become dark, discoloured, or livid …c1000 obs.

• WANA
n. marijuana …1970s drug culture sl.

• WANAL
adj. of the moon: waning …1693 obs. rare

• WANBELEVE
n. unbelief …c1440 obs.

• WANBELEVENESS
n. unbelief …c1440 obs.

• WANBELIEVER
n. an unbeliever …c1440 obs.

• WANBODY
n. ? a miscreant, an infidel …1303 obs. rare

• WANCHANCE
n. ill-luck, misfortune …1599 Sc. obs.

• WANCHANCIE
adj. 1. eerie, uncanny …1768 Sc.
adj. 2. unlucky, dangerous …a1774 Sc.

• WANCHANCY
adj. 1. eerie, uncanny …1768 Sc.
adj. 2. dangerous, risky …a1774 Sc.
adj. 3. unlucky …a1774 Sc.

• WANCRAUNT
adj. given to wandering …1422 obs. rare

• WAND
n. 1. a rod, stick, or switch for chastisement …1297 obs.
n. 2. a slender stem of a shrub or tree; a slender branch or twig …a1300 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
n. 3. a sceptre …a1300 obs.
n. 4. a stick or switch for urging on a horse …c1400 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
n. 5. a light walking-stick, a cane …1548 obs.
n. 6. a fishing-rod …1565 now chiefly Sc.
n. 7. a measuring rod …a1637 obs.
n. 8. the penis …17C Brit. sl.

• WANDA WANDWAVER
n. an exhibitionist …1960s homosexual sl.

• WANDELARD
n. a criminal, a law-breaker …1338 obs. rare

• WANDER!
int. go away! …L19 sl.

• WANDERABLE
adj. that one can wander in …1906 nonce word

• WANDERING
adj. of places: out-of-the-way, inaccessible, remote …1600 obs. rare

• WANDERING BOSS
n. a head foreman, a superintendent …1959 Amer. dial.

• WANDERING FIRE
n. will-o’-the-wisp …1667

• WANDERING LIGHT
n. will-o’-the-wisp …1789-94

• WANDERING STAR
n. a woman who coyly seduces men in the street in order to rob them …M19 sl.

• WANDERING WILLIE
n. a vagrant, a tramp …1910s US sl.

• WANDERMENT
n. the act of wandering …1597 obs. rare

• WANDIS
vb. to recoil, to retreat, to give way …1375 Sc. obs.

• WANDLE
adj. of a person: lithe, agile, nimble …1803 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
vb. to walk unsteadily or wearily; to move with a slow, trembling step …1686 Eng. dial.

• WANDOUGHT
adj. feeble, ineffective, worthless …1788 Sc.
n. a feeble or puny person …a1728 Sc.

• WANDREL
n. a vagabond …c1557 obs. rare

• WANDREME
n. distress, grief …c1450 obs. rare

• WANDRETH
n. misery, distress, hardship; adversity, poverty …c1175 obs.

• WANDSOMELY
adv. reluctantly, falteringly …a1400 obs. rare

• WANE
adj. 1. destitute of …a800 obs.
adj. 2. lacking, absent, deficient …c825 obs.
adj. 3. insufficient, too small …c1400 obs. rare
adj. 4. incomplete; not fully formed or properly shaped; of the moon: not full …1456 obs.
n. 1. want, lack, shortage, absence of …c888 obs.
n. 2. lack, fault, defect …a1000 obs. rare
n. 3. need, want, poverty …a1100 obs.
n. 4. misery, woe …a1200 obs.
n. 5. a dwelling-place, a residence, a house …a1225 obs.
n. 6. decrease in size …a1300 obs.
vb. 1. to empty, to render vacant …c1200 obs.
vb. 2. of the sea, water: to subside, to ebb …c1290 obs.
vb. 3. to come short of, to lack …a1300 obs.
vb. 4. to decline in vigour, to age …1821 obs. rare

• WANEASE
n. uneasiness, vexation …a1500 Sc. obs.

• WANE-CLOUD
n. a cirro-stratus cloud …1823

• WANELESS
adj. hopeless …a1300 obs.

• WANFORTUNE
n. misfortune …a1500 Sc. obs.

• WANG
n. 1. the cheek …c975 obs.
n. 2. a molar tooth …c1386 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
n. 3. in the practice of voodoo: a magical charm or spell …1851 Amer. dial.
n. 4. an oaf; a contemptible person …20C US sl.
n. 5. a notable person …1920s sl.
n. 6. the penis …1935 sl., orig. & chiefly US
n. 7. a cigarette …1990s S. Afr. sl.

• WANGA
n. in the practice of voodoo: a magical charm or spell …1851 Amer. dial.

• WANGA-GUT
n. greediness or jealousy …1980s W. Indies & Black British teen sl.

• WANGDOODLE
n. 1. an unspecified object; something one does not know the name of …20C sl.
n. 2. the penis …1970s US sl.

• WANGER
n. 1. a pillow …c900 obs.
n. 2. the penis …1939 sl., orig. & chiefly US

• WANGLE
n. 1. a thin, tall, weak young man …L19 Irish sl.
n. 2. an act of obtaining deceitfully …1915 sl.
vb. 1. of a thing: to move loosely or shakily on its base or in its place of attachment; of a person; to go unsteadily …1820 Eng. dial.
vb. 2. to obtain something by deceitful or devious means …1888 sl., orig. printers’ usage

• WANGLED
adj. stolen …1940s sl.

• WANGLER
n. 1. an unstable person …1876 Eng. dial.
n. 2. one who uses a variety of irregular means to accomplish a purpose …1910s US sl.
n. 3. one who deceives …1920 colloq.

• WANGLO-SAXON
n. a White Anglo-Saxon …1970s US sl.

• WANGRACE
n. lack of grace, want of propriety …1513 Sc. obs.

• WANG-TANG
n. anything, esp. on a sexual level, that is particular desirable …1970s African-American sl.

• WANG-TOOTH
n. a cheek-tooth, a molar …a1000 obs. exc. Eng. dial.

• WANG-WANG
n. the penis …1930s sl., orig. US

• WANGY
n. a beggar who sells bootlaces as a front for his basic trade of begging …1910s US tramp sl.

• WANHAP
n. misfortune …1513 Sc. obs.

• WANHAPPY
adj. unfortunate, unlucky …c1590 Sc. obs.

• WANHEW
vb. to stain …c1420 Sc. obs.

• WANHOPE
adj. that has no hope, despairing …1549 obs. exc. arch.
n. 1. despair, hopelessness …1297 obs. exc. arch.
n. 2. erroneous uses:
        a) vain hope …1422 obs.  
        b) faint hope …1558 obs.
vb. to despair …a1300 obs. exc. arch.

• WANHOPEFULLY
adv. despairingly …c1425 obs.

• WANHOPELY
adj. hopeless …c1425 obs.

• WANHOPING
n. loss of hope, hopelessness, despair …a1300 obs.

• WANHUE
vb. to stain …c1420 Sc. obs.

• WANING
adj. 1. becoming scanty, running short …1632 rare
adj. 2. of the day: drawing to a close …1767
adj. 3. ageing, growing old …1895 rare
n. 1. damage inflicted by a person …c1175 obs.
n. 2. default, shortcoming …c1320 obs.
n. 3. decline of life; concluding part of a day, or period of time …1561 obs.

• WANK
int. a general negative retort …1970s US students’ sl.
n. 1. a simpleton; an oaf …20C US sl.
n. 2. a lazy, incompetent, unpleasant person …1940s sl.
n. 3. an act of male masturbation …1948 sl.
n. 4. a homosexual male …M20 Aust. sl.
n. 5. self-indulgence …1970s US sl.
n. 6. a person who is logged on to a computer, (usually the Internet or involved in hacking) for a long time …1980s US students’ sl.
n. 7. nonsense …1990s US sl.
n. 8. something worthless …2000s sl.
vb. 1. to masturbate …L19 sl.
vb. 2. to coit a woman …20C sl.
vb. 3. to abuse someone else …1940s sl.
vb. 4. to waste time …1940s sl.
vb. 5. to be logged on to a computer for a long time …1980s sl.

• WANK-BAG
n. a general term of abuse …1990s sl.

• WANKED
adj. 1. exhausted, worn-out …1990s sl.
adj. 2. having consumed a large quantity of alcohol or drugs …1990s sl.

• WANKED OUT
adj. exhausted …1970s sl.

• WANKER
n. 1. a lazy, incompetent, unpleasant person …1940s sl.
n. 2. the penis …1940s sl.
n. 3. a masturbator …1940s sl.
n. 4. an undesirable situation or thing …1940s US students’ sl.

• WANKERED
adj. 1. exhausted, worn-out …1990s sl.
adj. 2. having consumed a large quantity of alcohol or drugs …1990s sl.

• WANKING CHARIOT
n. a bed …c1940 army sl.

• WANKING COUCH
n. a bed …1951 sl.

• WANKING PIT
n. a bed …1951 sl.

• WANKLE
adj. unsteady, insecure; changeable, unsettled, precarious; inconstant, wavering; also, weak in health, delicate, sickly …c888 obs. exc. Eng. dial.

• WANKLY
adj. 1795 rare, chiefly Eng. dial. – weak, feeble, frail, delicate, shaky from weakness; unstable, wobbly, tottering; unsteady, not to be relied upon, precarious

• WANK OFF
vb. to masturbate …19C sl.

• WANKY
adj. of low quality; bad; inferior; unsatisfactory …1972 sl.

• WANLACE
n. 1. a crafty device, a plot …1303 obs.
n. 2. an intercepting movement; an ambush …c1330 obs.

• WANLASOUR
n. a hunting servant whose duty is to intercept and turn back the game; a driver …a1400 obs.

• WANLESS
adj. hopeless …a1300 obs.

• WANLICH
adj. baleful, fraught with evil …c1205 obs. rare

• WANLICHE
adj. miserable, wretched …1205 obs.

• WANLIESUM
adj. unlovely …1815 Sc. obs.

• WANLUCK
n. unhappy fate …1571 Sc. rare

• WANMOL
adj. destitute of eloquence …c1250 obs.

• WANNABE
n. one who wants to emulate someone else …1988 orig. US

• WANNABEE
n. one who wants to emulate someone else …1988 orig. US

• WANNA DO A THING?
phr. asking a passing woman if she fancies intercourse …1960s African-American sl.

• WANNA GO OUT?
phr. the ritual approach from a prostitute to a passing male …1960s sl.

• WANNEL
adj. of a person: lithe, agile, nimble …1803 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
vb. to walk unsteadily or wearily; to move with a slow, trembling step …1686 Eng. dial.

• WANNIE
adj. wan, pallid …1555 obs.

• WANNOWE! 
int. alas …c1450 obs. rare

• WANNY
adj. wan, pallid …1555 obs.

• WANREST
n. 1. a state of inquietude or trouble; unrest …c1550 Sc. obs.
n. 2. the pendulum of a clock …1794 Sc. obs.

• WANRESTFUL
adj. restless …1783 Sc. obs.

• WANRUFE
n. disquiet, unrest …c1480 Sc. obs. rare

• WANRULY
adj. unruly …a1774 Sc.

• WANSHAPEN
adj. misshapen, deformed …a1300 obs.

• WAN SMILE
n. a faint or forced smile, as of one sick or unhappy …1877

• WANSOME
adj. miserable, unhappy …c1250 obs.

• WANSONSY
adj. mischievous …1819 Sc.

• WANSPEED
n. ill-success; adversity, poverty …c893 obs.

• WANSPEEDY
adj. unfortunate, unprosperous …c1000 obs.

• WANT
n. 1. a mole …c725 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
n. 2. the fact that a person is not present; absence …c1480 obs.
n. 3. a defect, failing, fault; a shortcoming …1592 obs.
n. 4. a gap, a hole, a hollow …1663 obs. rare exc. Eng. dial.
vb. 1. to fail to recollect, to forget …c1381 obs.
vb. 2. to fail; to give out; to be insufficient for a purpose, etc. …c1400 obs.
vb. 3. to fail to do something; to be wanting in one’s endeavours …1426 obs.
vb. 3. to be a defaulter; to be absent or missing …1435 obs.
vb. 4. to be deprived of, to lose …c1480 obs.
vb. 5. to feel the loss of, to miss …1623 obs.

• WANT A BET!
int. a challenging refutation of the previous speaker’s assertion …1940s sl.

• WANTAGE
n. deficiency, shortage …1828 US

• WANT A HAIR TO MAKE A CABLE
vb. to exaggerate greatly, make much of a trifle …1821 Sc.

• WANT A HAIR TO MAKE A TETHER
vb. to exaggerate greatly, make much of a trifle …1821 Sc.

• WANT AN APRON
vb. to be out of work …L19 sl.

• WANTED AS MUCH AS A DOG WANTS A SIDE-POCKET
phr. applied to one who wants or desires something he doesn’t need …1788 sl.

• WANTED AS MUCH AS A TOAD WANTS A SIDE-POCKET
phr. applied to one who wants or desires something he doesn’t need …1785 sl.

• WANTEL
n. a bundle, a burden, a pack …1599 obs.

• WANTER
n. 1. one who is deficient in something …1611 obs.
n. 2. one wanting a husband or wife; an unmarried person; a bachelor, a widower …1723 Eng. dial.
n. 3. one who is need or desirous of something …1727
n. 4. a mole-catcher …1903 Eng. dial.
n. 5. a person who goes to an auction intending to buy …B1900 Eng. dial.

• WANTFUL
adj. full of wants; needing, exacting …1889

• WANT-GRACE
n. one who lacks grace; an unprincipled person; a reprobate, a scamp …1603 obs.

• WANT-HILL
n. a molehill …a1400 obs. exc. Eng. dial.

• WANTHRIFT
n. 1. lack of thrift or economy; prodigality …1513 Sc.
n. 2. a thriftless person; a prodigal …a1585 Sc.

• WANTHRIFTY
adj. unthrifty …a1585 Sc.

• WAN-THRIVEN
adj. ill-developed, stunted in growth …1508 Sc.

• WANTING
adj. 1. lacking in money or necessaries of life, needy, necessitous …a1616 now rare or obs.
adj. 2. that is short of a certain age, as ‘wanting of fourteen’ …1709 obs.
adj. 3. needful, requisite, necessary …1756 obs.
adj. 4. mentally unbalanced, insane …M19 sl.
adj. 5. mentally deficient, weak-minded …1877 Eng. dial.

• WANTING IN THE UPPER STORY
adj. 1. stupid …1885 sl.
adj. 2. insane, crazy …1959 sl.

• WANTLESS
adj. having no want or lack …1586 rare

• WANT-LOUSE
n. a bedbug, a bug …1655 obs. rare

• WANTON
adj. 1. of persons: undisciplined, ungoverned; not amenable to control, unmanageable, rebellious; of children: naughty, unruly …a1300 obs.
adj. 2. of persons: jovial, given to broad jesting, waggish; also, free from care …c1386 obs.
adj. 3. of actions: lawless, violent; in weaker sense: rude, ill-mannered …a1400-50 obs.
adj. 4. of clothing, diet: luxurious …1489 obs.
adj. 5. of persons: insolent in triumph or prosperity; reckless of justice and humanity; merciless …1513 obs.
adj. 6. said of money or wealth, as tempting to extravagance or luxury …1529 obs.
adj. 7. fastidious or dainty in appetite …1530 obs.
adj. 8. of an animal: skittish, refractory; of a hawk: out of hand, unmanageable …1535 obs.
adj. 9. petulant; unruly; hence, self-indulgent, effeminate, luxurious …1538 obs.
adj. 10. capricious, frivolous, giddy …1538 obs. obs.
adj. 11. of young animals: frisky, frolicsome …1565 chiefly poetic usage
adj. 12. of colour, music: gay, lively …1583 obs.
adj. 13. profuse in growth, luxuriant, rank …1590 poetic usage
adj. 14. robust, overflowing with health …1674 obs.
adj. 15. of speech or imagination: unrestrained, extravagant …1680 obs.
adj. 16. of a material substance: changeable …1681 obs.
adj. 17. of physical movement: headlong, impetuous, unrestrained …1753 obs.
adj. 18. of natural occurrences: abnormal, extraordinary …a1754 obs. rare
n. 1. a person, esp. a child, spoiled by over-indulgence and excessive leniency; a spoiled child, a pampered pet …1526 obs.
n. 2. a person, esp. a child, of playful, roguish or sportive conduct; sometimes used as a term of endearment …1589 obs.
n. 3. a sportive or roguish animal, bird, etc. …1605 obs.
vb. to make wanton; to lead into extravagances of conduct, living, etc….c1600 obs.

• WANTON ACE
n. the vagina …19C sl.

• WANTONER
n. a person who acts wantonly or is given to wanton behaviour …1812 rare

• WANT ONE’S HEAD KAIMED AND THEN CURLED
vb. to be too inquisitive (kaimed = combed) …1928 Sc.

• WANT ONE’S HIP BUTTONS
vb. to be less than wholly intelligent …20C Ulster sl.

• WANTONHEDE
n. wantonness …c1400 obs.

• WANTONIZE
vb. 1. 1592 arch. – to play the wanton; to dally, to sport, to frolic; to indulge in lasciviousness
vb. 2. 1598 rare – to make wanton 

• WANTON MAD
adj. a1700 obs. – mad with the insolence of prosperity 

• WANTONNESS
n. 1. c1386 obs. – effeminacy, foppish affectation 
n. 2. c1400 obs. – unbridled luxury, extravagance in expenditure 
n. 3. a1400 obs. – excessive appetite
n. 4. c1480 rare – arrogance, insolence of triumph or prosperity 
n. 5. 1533 obs. – of a child: unruliness, naughtiness; of a horse: restiveness 
n. 5. 1595 obs. – caprice, whim 
n. 6. 1630 obs. – a reckless and justifiable act 

• WANTON OF WORD
adj. c1475 obs. – violent or insolent in speech 

• THE WANTONS
n. 1717 obs. rare – wanton fits, lascivious desires, wantonness

• WANTROKIE
vb. to despair …c1315 obs.

• WANTROKING
n. despair; false or mistaken expectation …c1315 obs.

• WANTROTH
n. unbelief …c1200 obs. rare

• WANTROWING
n. mistrust, faint belief …c1440 obs. rare

• WANTRUST
n. mistrust, lack of confidence …c1374 obs.

• WANTRUTH
n. unbelief …c1200 obs. rare

• WANTS
n. straits; circumstances or times of want, hardship, suffering, etc. …1588 obs.

• WANT SALT
vb. to be a weakling; to need ‘grit’ of character …L19 US

• WANT’S LIKE TO BE YOUR MASTER
phr. used in refusing a demand expressed by “I want ___ ____” …1731-8

• WANT SOME
vb. to search for sex …1980s US college sl.

• WANT SOMETHING YESTERDAY
vb. to want something as quickly as possible …1970s sl.

• WANTSUM
adj. indigent, poor; devoid of …c1200 obs.

• WANT TO BET ON IT!
int. a challenging refutation of the previous speaker’s assertion …1940s sl.

• WANT TO PISS LIKE A DRESSMAKER
vb. to be desperate to urinate …L19 sl.

• WANT-WIT
adj. witless, senseless …1894
n. one who lacks wit or sense; a fool …1448-9

• WANTY
adj. unsteady, tottering …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• WANWEIRD
n. hard lot, ill fate, misfortune …1513 Sc. obs.

• WANWIT
n. lack of wit, foolishness …a1400 chiefly Sc. obs.

• WANWITTY
adj. foolish …a1500 obs.

• WANWORDY
adj. worthless …a1774 Sc. obs.

• WANWORTH
adj. worthless …a1774 Sc.
n. an undervalue …a1700 Sc.

• WANZE
vb. 1. to diminish, to waste; later, to render lean …a1121 obs.
vb. 2. to decrease, to grow less; of the moon: to wane …c1200 obs.
vb. 3. to wither, to fade, to waste away; to become emaciated …1567 obs.


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