Reverse Dictionary: WHO – WIF


WHO ARE YOU? – PHRASES
CAT’S MOTHER, THE a reply to the question ‘Who are you?’ when that question is considered impertinent or over-intrusive …1950s sl.


WHOEVER – PRONOUNS
EVERWHO whoever …1905 Amer. dial.
EVERYWHO whoever …1940 Amer. dial.


WHOLE – ADJECTIVES
– HAIL whole, entire …a1300 obs.
– HALE of things immaterial, time, numbers, etc.: whole, entire, complete …a1300
 
WHOLE – NOUNS
– BE-ALL that which is or constitutes the whole; the whole being …1605
– BOODLE the whole …Bk1905 Amer. dial.
– BOX AND DICE the sum total, everything; the whole collection …Bk1911 Sc.
– CABOODLE the whole lot …Bk1905 Amer. dial.
– COMPOODLE the whole lot …1890 Amer. dial.
– HAILWARE the whole of something, esp. of a company or of a number of things …1737 Sc.
– HALEWARE the whole, the whole number or company; the whole assortment of things …1785 Sc.
– OMNITUDE the fact of being all; universality; the whole, the total sum …1839 rare
– SKIN AND BIRN the whole of anything or any number …Bk1911 Sc. 
– TAG AND RAG the whole of anything, every bit …Bk1905 Eng. dial.


WHOLE-HEARTED, WHOLEHEARTEDLY – ADJECTIVES
HEART-WHOLE whole-hearted; free from hypocrisy or affectation; sincere, genuine …1684

WHOLE-HEARTED etc. – ADVERBS
BOOTS AND ALL with no holds barred, wholeheartedly …1947 Aust. & NZ colloq.
DEAD intensifier; very, thoroughly, absolutely, extremely, completely; wholeheartedly …1589
RIP, SHIT, OR BUST to throw yourself wholeheartedly into a task without fear of the consequences …1999 US sl.


WHOLESOME, WHOLESOMENESS – ADJECTIVES
ELECTUARIOUS of the nature of an electuary; wholesome, beneficial …1562 obs. rare
HAIL sound, wholesome; pure, uncorrupted …a1300 obs.
HALESOME wholesome, healthy, sound …c1200 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
HEALFUL fraught with health, well-being, safety, salvation; wholesome, salutary
c1340 obs.
HEALSOME wholesome, salutary; healthful …c1375 obs. exc. Sc.
HEALTHSOME bestowing health bodily, mental, or spiritual; wholesome; salutary …1538 rare

WHOLESOME etc. – NOUNS
HEALTH healthiness, wholesomeness, salubrity …1387 obs.


WHOLLY – ADVERBS
– ACE AND DOUCE wholly, entirely …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– ALL-UTTERLY wholly, completely …Bk1898 Sc. obs.
– BACK AND EDGE through everything, fully, wholly, thoroughly, completely …1641
– BARELY without qualification or reserve; unconditionally; wholly, completely; absolutely, positively …c1340 obs.
– DEAD-ASS completely. wholly, utterly …1971 US sl.
– HAIR AND HIDE every part, entirely, wholly, totally …c1450 obs.
– HAIR AND HOOF every part, entirely, wholly …1705 obs.
– HAILILIE wholly, completely …1827 Sc. obs.
– HAILLY wholly, completely …1827 Sc.
– HALE wholly, entirely, completely …c1375 obs. exc. Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– HALELY wholly …a1300 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– IN FULL HABITUDE to the full extent; wholly, entirely …a1661 obs. rare
– LOCK AND BARREL completely, entirely, wholly …1966 Amer. dial.
– LOCK AND CABOODLE completely, entirely, wholly …1966 Amer. dial.
– LOCK, BARREL, AND STOCK completely, entirely, wholly …1966 Amer. dial.
– LOCK, STOCK, AND FIRING PIN completely, entirely, wholly …1948 Amer. dial.
– NECK AND SCRAG completely, wholly, altogether …Bk1904 Eng. dial.


WHORE, WHOREDOM, WHORING, WHORISH – ADJECTIVES (also see PROSTITUTE)
– BROTHELLOUS whorish …1583 obs.
– GAME whorish, engaged in prostitution …1821 sl.
– RIGGISH wanton, licentious, whorish …1570 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– STUPROUS unchaste, sexually compliant; given to adultery or whoredom, adulterous, whorish …1603 obs. rare
 
WHORE etc. – NOUNS 
– CHIPPY-CHASING whoring or philandering …1915 Amer. sl.
– FAMILY OF LOVE prostitutes in general; whores; lewd women …M16
– GALLIVANT a nest of whores …E19 sl.
– MECHATION adultery; fornication; whoredom …1656 obs. rare
 
WHORE, etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– BADGER a smelly prostitute; a low whore …19C Brit. sl.
– BELLY-PIECE a concubine, a mistress, a prostitute, a whore …1632 obs.
– BLISTER an immoral woman; a whore …1905 Amer. dial.
– BROKEN OAR a whore; a prostitute …20C Brit. rhyming sl.
– BURICK a whore …Bk1892 Aust. sl.
– EARLY DOOR a prostitute; a whore …19C Brit. rhyming sl. for ‘whore’
– GAME a whore, a lewd woman …1725 UK sl. obs.
– GUTTER SLUT a poor prostitute; a common whore …20C Amer. sl., derogatory
– GUTTERSNIPE a low prostitute; a common whore …19C colloq.
– HAWKIE a whore …1813 Sc. sl.
– LADY OF PLEASURE a courtesan, a whore; a prostitute …1637
– LIGHT-FRIGATE a woman of loose morals; a wanton; a whore …c1690 Brit. sl.
– MAN-LEECH a whore …1687 obs.
– MISWOMAN a bad, wicked woman; a whore or lewd woman; a strumpet …1528 obs.
– MOLL a prostitute; a whore …1604
– NAG a whore …1598 sl.
– NANNY a prostitute; a whore …18C Brit.
– PARTRIDGE a whore, a prostitute; a harlot or a tart …c1700 sl. 
– PUTAIN a woman of ill fame; a whore, a prostitute, a strumpet …a1300 obs.
– RAMP;  ROMP a whore or sexually loose woman …M16
– RORY O’MORE a whore …B1900 rhyming sl.
– SUBURB-DRAB a whore …1678 sl.
– SUBURB SINNER a loose woman, a prostitute; a whore …1598
– SUBURB-WENCH a whore …Bk1904 sl.
– SUCCUBUS a strumpet, a whore; a term of abuse for low woman …1622
– TOWN MISS a prostitute; ‘a whore of quality’ …M17 sl.
– TRADING DAME a whore, a prostitute …1678 sl. 
– WENCH OF THE SUBURBS a whore …1614 sl.
– W.H. a whore …1887 euphemism
– WHOREMONGER a notorious user of whores …E16
– WRONG ‘UN a whore; a prostitute …c1890 sl
– YAUD a strumpet; a whore; an unchaste or loose woman …a1400 obs.
 
WHORE etc. – PHRASES
– BEST CARPENTERS MAKE THE FEWEST CHIPS, THE commenting that whores seldom have children …1609
– WHY BUY A BOOK WHEN YOU CAN GO TO A LIBRARY? ‘Why go to the expense of a wife so long as I can visit a whore?’ …20C sl.
 
WHORE etc. – VERBS
– BE NAUGHTY to play the whore …Bk1902 sl.
– BEWHORE to prostitute; to make a whore of; to call whore …a1616 obs.
– CHIPPY to be sexually promiscuous or unfaithful; also, to whore …1930 Amer. sl.
– DO THE NAUGHTY to play the whore …Bk1902 sl.
– GO NAUGHTY to play the whore …Bk1902 sl.
– MERETRICATE to play the whore; to behave lasciviously …1623 obs.
– STRUMPET to play the whore; to practice prostitution …L16 sl.


WHOREMONGER, WHOREMONGERING – ADJECTIVES
– PORNERASTIC fond of wanton women; lascivious, lustful, licentious; addicted to harlotry, whoremongering …1870
 
WHOREMONGER etc. – NOUNS
– BAWDY BANQUET whoremongering …M16 sl.
– NOSE-PAINTING lechery; whoremongering …Shakespeare usage
 
WHOREMONGER etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– BALLOCKER a lecher; a whoremonger …19C Brit. colloq.
– BALLOCKS a nickname for a whoremonger …19C Brit. sl.
– BEARD-JAMMER a whoremaster; one who conducts a brothel; a pimp …1927 US sl.
– BEARD-SPLITTER an enjoyer of women; a seducer; a sexual athlete; a whoremonger; a libertine …c1698 sl.
– BEDPRESSER a whoremonger, a womanizer …1933 US sl.
– BELLSWAGGER;  BELSWAGGER a swaggering gallant or bully; a whoremonger, a pimp …1592 obs.
– BELLY-BUMPER a seducer, a womanizer; a whoremonger; a promiscuous man …1611 obs.
– BELLY-SWAGGER a swaggering gallant or bully; a whoremonger, a lecher, a pimp …1775 obs.
– CHIPPIE-CHASER;  CHIPPY-CHASER a whoremonger, a philanderer …1891 Amer. sl.
– COCK-FIGHTER a whoremonger; a notorious copulator …18C Brit. sl.
– CUNNY-HUNTER a whoremonger …17C sl.
– CUNT-HOUND a lecher; a male who is a notorious whoremonger or woman-chaser …M20 US sl.
– FAGGOTEER;  FAGOTEER a lecher; a whoremonger; a pimp …c1825 sl.
– FAGGOT-MASTER;  FAGOT-MASTER a lecher; a whoremonger; a pimp …c1825 sl.
– FISHMONGER a lecher; a whoremonger …19C Brit. sl.
– FLEECE-HUNTER a whoremonger; a lecher, a man who is after female pubic hair …19C Brit. sl.
– FLEECE-MONGER a whoremonger; a lecher, a man who is after female pubic hair …19C Brit. sl.
– FLESH-FLY a whoremonger; a pimp …L18 Brit. sl.
– FLESH-MAGGOT a whoremonger; a pimp …L18 Brit. sl.
– FLOWER-FANCIER a whoremonger; a keeper of whores …19C Brit. sl.
– FUCKSTER a lecher or a whoremonger; a man noted for his sexual prowess or interest in women …19C Brit.
– GAME-COCK a whoremonger …19C Brit. sl.
– GAP-STOPPER a pimp or whoremaster; one who runs a brothel; a whoremonger …Bk1796 sl.
– GASH HOUND a man who is obsessed with women; a womanizer; a philanderer; a whoremonger; a lecher …1916 US sl.
– GASHMAN a man who is obsessed with women; a womanizer; a philanderer; a whoremonger; a lecher …1952 US sl.
– GAY-MAN a whoremonger; a man who seeks sexually loose woman …19C Brit. sl.
– GUSSETEER a whoremonger; a lecher; a wencher; somewhat derisory …19C Brit. sl.
– HAIR-MONGER a whoremonger; a lecher …19C Brit. sl.
– HOLOUR a fornicator, a whoremonger, an adulterer; a debauchee, rake, ribald, scoundrel …c1230 obs.
– HOOTCHEE;  HOOTCHIE a whoremonger …E20 US sl.
– HOTCHIE a whoremonger …E20 US sl.
– KING OF CLUBS a lecher; a whoremonger …19C Brit. sl.
– LADIES’ TAILOR a lecher; a whoremonger …19C Brit. sl.
– LUSTY-LAWRENCE a whoremonger …E17 Brit. sl.
– MOLROWER a man who associated with disreputable women, esp. prostitutes; a pimp; a whoremonger …1896 sl. rare
– MONGER a whoremonger, one who has dealings with whores; a fornicator, a lecher …a1637 obs.
– MOTONER a wencher; one who associates with common women; a lecher; one who patronizes prostitutes  …1852 obs.
– MOUSE-HUNT one who runs after women; a womanizer; a wencher …1595 UK sl.
– MUTTON-MONGER a whoremonger; a man addicted to prostitutes; a debauched man; a pimp, a wencher …1532 sl., now rare or obs.
– NAUGHTY-MAN a whoremonger …1673 sl.
– PALIARD;  PALLIARD a person of base character; a whoremonger …1567 arch.
– PAP a lecher; a whoremonger …M20 US sl.
– PARISH-BULL a lecher; a notorious local whoremonger …19C Brit. sl.
– PARISH-PRIG a lecher; a notorious local whoremonger …19C Brit. sl.
– PARISH-STALLION a lecher; a notorious local whoremonger …19C Brit. sl.
– PUNKER a whoremonger …17C Brit. sl.
– QUAIL-HUNTER a woman-chaser; a whoremonger …20C US sl.
– RACKAPELT a whoremonger …Bk1916 sl.
– RACKETER a person who enjoys a hectic social life; one who indulges in noisy and riotous entertainments; a whoremonger or spreester ..1661 rare
– RATTLE-CAP a whoremonger …19C Brit. sl.
– RIDER a sexually aroused male; a lecher or whoremonger …18C Brit. sl.
– RIFLE-MAN a lecher; a whoremonger …19C Brit. sl.
– ROUNDER a whoremonger; a lecher …19C Brit. sl.
– SMELL-SMOCK a licentious man; one who runs after women; a great wencher; a lover of women; a whoremonger  (in early use employed suggestively as a surname) …1550 obs.
– SMOCKSTER a whoremonger; a lecher …17C Brit. sl.
– STRINGER a whoremonger; a lecher; a wencher …1611 sl.
– TARSANDER a whoremaster; a ‘molrower’ …Bk1916 sl. 
– TOWN BULL a lecher; a whoremonger …16C colloq.
– TOWN RAKE a lecher; a whoremonger …17C colloq.
– TOWN STALLION a lecher; a whoremonger …17C colloq.
– TUMMY-TICKLER a lecher; a whoremonger …19C Brit. sl.
– VENERIST one addicted to lust; a lascivious or lustful person; a whoremonger …1596 obs. rare
– WARM MEMBER a harlot or whoremonger; a promiscuous man, a philanderer …1899 US sl.
– WARM ‘UN a harlot or whoremonger …c1889 sl. 
– WHISKER-SPLITTER a whoremonger; a notorious copulator …E19 Brit. sl.
– WHORE-HOPPER a man notorious for woman-chasing without discrimination; a user of prostitutes; a whoremonger …1947 Amer. dial.
– WHOREMASTER a user of whores; a whoremonger …16C
– WOMANIZER a lecher; a woman-chaser; a male flirt or seducer of women; a whoremonger …L19
– WOODMAN a wencher, a whoremonger, a man who seeks prostitutes …19C Brit. sl.


WHY ARE YOU DOING THAT? – PHRASES
FOR FUN AND FANCY TO PLEASE OLD NANCY facetious reply to ‘Why are  you doing that?’ …Bk1999 Aust. sl.


WICKED, WICKEDLY, WICKEDNESS – ADJECTIVES
– ATROCIOUS excessively and wantonly cruel; heinously wicked …1669
– BANDLESS abandoned to wickedness …Bk1898 Sc.
– BLACK-HEARTED having a wicked, malicious disposition; morally bad …1638
– CAITIFF vile, base, mean, basely wicked; worthless, miserable, wretched …a1300
– DERF in a bad sense: bold, audacious, daringly wicked …a1300 obs.
– DEVILISH-HOLY wicked and good at the same time …1709
– FACINORIOUS extremely wicked, grossly criminal, atrocious, infamous, vile …1601 obs.
– FACINOROUS extremely wicked, grossly criminal, villainous, atrocious, vile, infamous, detestably bad …1548 obs. exc. arch.
– FLAGITIOUS atrociously wicked; vicious; outrageous …14C
– GALLOUS wicked …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– GALLOWS fit for the gallows; deserving to be hanged; villainous, wicked …c1425
– GETHICALL vile, wicked …1623 obs.
– ILL-BISTIT ill-natured, wicked …Bk1905 Sc.
– ILL-TRODDEN evil, wicked …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– IMPROBOUS wicked, unprincipled …1657 obs. rare
– INIQUOUS unjust, unfair; wicked, iniquitous …1654 obs.
– MALEFACTIOUS wicked, criminal …1660 obs.
– NAUGHT morally bad; wicked; naughty …1536 obs.
– NAUGHTY of persons: morally bad, wicked …1529 obs.
– NEFARIOUS wicked, iniquitous, villainous …1604
– NEFAST wicked, abominable, detestable, vile …1849 rare
– NEFASTOUS wicked, iniquitous, villainous …1727 rare
– OBDURATE hardened in wickedness or sin; persistently impenitent; stubbornly resisting, or insensible to moral influence …c1440
– OBDURATIOUS hardened in wickedness or sin; persistently impenitent; stubbornly resisting, or insensible to moral influence …1672 obs. rare
– OBDURE hardened in wickedness or sin; persistently impenitent; stubbornly resisting, or insensible to moral influence …1608 obs.
– OBLIQUITOUS unable to distinguish between right and wrong; morally wicked; morally or mentally perverse …1833 rare
– PERNICIOUS villainous, wicked, evil, malicious …1555 now rare or obs.
– PRAVITOUS characterized by wickedness or depravity; full of evil, bad …1648-9 obs. rare
– QUED evil, wicked, bad, vile, base …c1205-25 obs. exc. Sc.
– QUEDE evil, wicked, bad …c1205-25 obs.
– QUEDFUL full of evil or wickedness …1340 obs.
– ROTTEN morally, socially, or politically corrupt; characterized by a lack of integrity or moral virtue; wicked, dishonest …1395
– SCELEROUS wicked, villainous …1534 obs.
– SCELESTIOUS wicked, evil, villainous …1608 obs. rare
– SINNY sinful, wicked …c950 obs. rare
– TARTAREOUS pert., to Tartarus; infernal, hellish, very wicked …1619 obs.
– TURPITUDINOUS characterized by turpitude or depravity; shameful, foul, wicked …1814 
​- VARMINT savage; wicked …1891 Eng. dial.
– WAN sad, dismal; also, awful, deadly, cruel, wicked …c1400 poetic usage, obs.
– WARLOCK malignant, wicked …c1375 obs.
 
WICKED etc. – ADVERBS
– LEWDLY wickedly, evilly, vilely, mischievously …1382 obs.
– NAUGHTILY wickedly, viciously …1552 obs.
– QUEDLY wickedly …c1300 obs.
– SINISTERLY in a wrongful or wicked manner …1532 obs.
 
WICKED etc. – NOUNS
– ATROCITY savage enormity; horrible or heinous wickedness …1534
– BADNESS depravity, active wickedness, vice …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– BANDLESSNESS the state of abandonment to wickedness …Bk1898 Sc.
– CAITIFHEDE vileness, baseness, wickedness …c1340 obs.
– DARK BUSINESS a very wicked action …BK1900 Eng. dial.
– DEVILTRY mischief, teasing, frolicking, roguery, trickery, wickedness, devilry …1839 Sc. & Amer. dial.
– FAKEN fraud, guile; wickedness, crime …c924 obs.
– IDLENESS wantonness, wickedness …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– ILLNESS bad moral quality, condition or character; wickedness, depravity; evil conduct; badness …c1500 obs.
– LEWDNESS wickedness; evil behaviour …1387 obs.
– MALIGNE malice, wickedness …a1460 obs.
– NAUGHT wickedness, evil, moral wrong, mischief …c897 obs.
– NAUGHT an evil or wicked thing …a1639 obs.
– NAUGHTINESS wickedness, viciousness, depravity …1541 obs.
– OBDURATION a hardening in sin or wickedness; a making or becoming stubborn, obstinate, or insensible or moral influence …1494
– PANDEMONIUM a centre of vice or wickedness, a haunt of wickedness …1800
– QUEDHEAD evil, wickedness …1340 obs.
– QUEDNESS evil, wickedness …c1300 obs.
– QUEDSHIP evil, wickedness …c1205 obs.
 
WICKED etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– BADDIE;  BADDY a bad or wicked person; a scoundrel, a villain, esp. as a character in play, film, etc. …1934 colloq., orig. US
– BAD EGG a dishonest, unreliable, and wicked person …Bk1980 Amer. sl.
– BAD HEART one who is cruel, or otherwise very wicked …Bk1875 Eng. dial.
– BADLYNG a low scoundrel; a wicked fellow …c1600 Sc.
– BELIAL a wicked and unprincipled person …Bk1895
– BADMASH one following evil courses; a bad, wicked, or disreputable fellow; a villainous man; a rascal, a scoundrel …1843 Anglo-Indian
– DUNGEON a wicked, malicious, or difficult person; a ‘devil’ …a1728 Sc. & Eng. dial. obs.
– GHOST a person, a wicked-looking person; a villain …a1000 obs.
– HAG a woman supposed to have dealings with Satan and the infernal world; a witch; an infernally wicked woman …1587
– HARD CASE a reckless scapegrace; an unregenerate loafer; a dissipated person, or any wicked person …1859 Amer. dial.
– HELLICAT a wicked or cruel person; a villain …1816 Sc.
– IMP a wicked person; a petty fiend or evil spirit …1526
– IMPROBE a wicked person …1484 obs. rare
– LIMB OF SATAN a wicked or mischievous person, esp. a child …1851 Amer. dial.
– LITHERBY a base or rascally person; a bad, wicked person …1598 obs. rare
– MAN OF BELIAL, A a worthless or evil man; a wicked, depraved person …1821
– MISWOMAN a bad, wicked woman; a whore or lewd woman; a strumpet …1528 obs.
– MONSTER a person of repulsively unnatural character, or exhibiting such extreme cruelty or wickedness as to appear inhuman; a markedly cruel, depraved, vile, or hideous person …a1505
– NACKET a pert, forward, smart boy; a trifling little person; an insignificant person; a wicked, mischievous, or impertinent child; a precocious child …1833 Sc.
– NAUGHTY-PACK a wicked or dissolute man …1549 obs.
– QUED;  QUEDE a bad or wicked person …c1250 obs.
– RAGGARD a wicked and abandoned wretch; a rough and ragged vagabond …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– RAGGELT a person of low character; a wicked and abandoned wretch …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– RAKESHAME a man of loose character; a base, rascally fellow; a lewd, debauched fellow; a vile, dissolute wretch; an uncouth and wicked boy …1599 rare
– SAD DOG a wicked debauched fellow …1706 sl.
– SATANIST a very wicked or malicious person …Bk1895 rare
– TAISTRILRIG a mischievous, wicked person …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– TAZZLE a wicked, drunken person …Bk1869 Eng. dial.
– UNLEAD a wicked person with evil intentions; a scandalous fellow; an outlaw …1677 Eng. dial. obs.
– WARLO a wicked person; a scoundrel, a reprobate …a1508 Sc.
– WARLOCK a wicked person; a scoundrel, a reprobate; a general term of reproach or abuse …a1000 obs.
– WRONGO a criminal; an undesirable person; a bad person; a wicked person; a villain …1930s sl., orig. US
 
WICKED etc. – PHRASES
– GOD DON’T LOVE UGLY refers to sin or wickedness …1899 Amer. dial., chiefly Black usage
 
WICKED etc. – VERBS
– BESHREW to make wicked or evil; to deprave, to pervert, to corrupt …c1325 obs.
– OBDURATE to harden in wickedness, or against moral influence, etc.; to make stubborn or obstinate; to harden the heart of, to make relentless or pitiless …a1540
– OBDURE to harden in wickedness, or against moral influence, etc.; to make stubborn or obstinate; to harden the heart of, to make relentless or pitiless …1598 rare or obs.
– SOW THE WIND AND REAP THE WHIRLWIND to indulge in reckless wickedness or folly and suffer the disastrous consequences …1382


WIDE, WIDEN – ADJECTIVES
BEAMY broad, wide, usually of a person; having a big backside …1974 Amer. dial.
LATE broad, wide …1657 obs. rare
SCOPIOUS wide, spacious …1599 obs.

WIDE  etc. – VERBS
ELAXATE to loosen; to widen …1656 obs.
LARGE to enlarge, to increase, to widen …a1340 obs.
PATULICATE to be opened, or made wide; to become open, to expand …1656 obs. rare


WIDE-AWAKE – ADJECTIVES
FLY knowing, wide-awake, aware …1811 sl.
LEARY;  LEERY cunning, astute, knowing, artful; wide-awake; alert; cautious, wary …1718 sl.
WACKERSOME wakeful, wide-awake …1858 Eng. dial.


WIDELY – ADVERBS
ABREID apart, widely …c1400 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
LARGELY widely …1551 obs.
SUNDERLY dispersedly, widely …1541 obs. rare


WIDESPREAD, WIDE-SPREADING – ADJECTIVES
BRIEF prevalent, widespread; esp. said of a communicable disease …1722 Amer. dial.
EFFUSE wide-spreading, overflowing, unrestrained, extravagant, marked by squandering …1742 obs. or arch.


WIDOW, WIDOWED, WIDOWER, WIDOWHOOD – ADJECTIVES
– MAIDEN-WIDOWED widowed while still a maiden …1592 nonce word
– MAKELESS mateless, wifeless, husbandless, widowed …c1425 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– OUT OF LOCK out of wedlock, widowed …1969 Amer. dial.
 
WIDOW etc. – NOUNS
– APARTMENT TO LET a widow’s weeds …18C sl.
– BANDORE a widow’s head-dress, worn to signify her mourning state …L17
– BILL OF SALE a widow’s weeds …Bk1890 sl.
– SIGN OF A HOUSE TO LET a widow’s weeds …1785 sl.
– SIGN OF TENEMENTS TO LET a widow’s weeds …L18 sl.
 
WIDOW etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– ACE OF SPADES a widow, esp. one wearing mourning weeds …1811 sl.
– APARTMENT TO LET a widow …18C sl.
– BEGUM a rich widow …Bk1890 sl.
– BOY ON THE LOOSE an unmarried or widowed man …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– GAZER a good-looking widow …Bk1945 jive usage
– GIRL ON THE LOOSE an unmarried or widowed woman …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– GRAVEYARD WIDOW a woman whose husband is dead …1954 Amer. dial.
– HOUSE TO LET a widow …18C sl.
– LONE MAN an unmarried or widowed man …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– LONE WOMAN a woman who is not living with a man; an unmarried or widowed woman …1899 Amer. dial.
– MAIDEN-WIFE-WIDOW a bride, now a widow, whose husband died before consummating their marriage …L17 sl.
– MAN-HUNTERS women, esp. spinsters and widows …L19 Brit. jocular
– MAN-TRAP a woman seeking a husband; a widow …18C sl.
– MOOLA MOMMA a wealthy widow …Bk1945 jive usage
– TANNIKIN a maid, wife, whore, or widow …1605 sl. 
– WANTER one wanting a husband or wife; an unmarried person; a bachelor, a widower …1723 Eng. dial.
– WIDDER a widow …Amer. dial.
– WIDDER-MAN a widower …Bk1996 Amer. dial. 
– WIDDY a widow …1837
– WIDOW-BODY a widow …1889 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– WIDOWER a widow …1965 Amer. dial.
– WIDOW-GENTLEMAN a gentleman widower …1895 Eng. dial.
– WIDOW LADY a widow …1912 Amer. dial.
– WIDOWMAN a widower …1688 Amer. dial.
– WIDOW WOMAN a widow …1739 Amer. dial.
– YAVIL BACHELOR a widower …1866 Sc.
 
WIDOW etc. – PHRASES
– BAITED FOR WIDOW spruced up; dressed to catch the attention of widows or other women …1960 Amer. dial.
 
WIDOW etc. – VERBS
– TAKE NOTICE of a widow or widower: to be receptive to the idea of remarriage; to be in search of a new spouse …1875 Amer. dial.
– TAKE THE MANTLE AND RING to vow perpetual widow hood …Bk1903 sl.


WIDTH – ADJECTIVES
HAND-BROAD of the width of a hand …1612-15
LATITUDINAL relating to breadth or width …1671 rare

WIDTH – NOUNS
BRENTH width or breadth …1927 Amer. dial.
LARGENESS breadth, width …c1400 obs.
LARGEOUR width, girth …1545 obs. rare
LARGITUDE breadth, width …1599 obs. rare


WIELD – VERBS
WAIVE to wield …1789 Sc. obs.


WIFE – ADJECTIVES (also see SPOUSE)
– MAMISH uxorious, showing a great or excessive fondness for one’s wife …a1641 obs. rare
– UXORIAL pertaining to a wife; characterized by excessive affection for one’s wife; servilely submissive to a wife …1800
– UXORIOUS excessively or submissively fond of a wife …1598
 
WIFE – NOUNS
– APRON-STRING HOLD a tenure held only during a wife’s life …L17 colloq.
– APRON-STRING TENURE a tenure held only during a wife’s life …L17 colloq.
– BETTER FRACTION one’s wife …World War II Amer. sl.
– JOBLIJOCK anything tending to interfere with domestic comfort or peace, as a scolding wife, a smoking chimney, etc.;  domestic trouble …B1900 Eng. dial.
– MARITALITY excessive affection of a wife for her husband …1812
– NONPATIENCE an alleged term for a ‘company’ of wives …1486 obs.
 
WIFE – NOUNS, PERSON
– ALL-AND-ALL one’s wife …1970 Amer. dial.
– ANCHOR one’s wife …1942 Amer. sl.
– ANCHOR AND CHAIN one’s wife …1942 Amer. sl.
– ANCIENT DUTCH one’s wife …L19 sl.
– APRON a negative expression for a woman; a wife …1920s African-American sl.
– ARMFUL a wife …L17 sl.
– BABY a lover; also a spouse; a term of endearment, a darling, a sweetheart or girlfriend; orig. only applied to women  …1684 colloq.
– BACHELOR’S WIFE the ideal wife of which a bachelor theorizes or dreams …1546
– BACKLOG a wife …1970 Amer. dial. jocular
– BALL AND CHAIN one’s wife, esp. if domineering …1921 US sl.
– BALL CHAIN the wife …Bk1945 jive usage
– BALL-CRUSHER a dominating woman who emasculates her partner, usually a husband …1970s sl.
– BALL-TEARER an aggressive woman; a nagging woman or wife …Bk1984 Aust. sl.
– BARN BOSS a dominating wife …1969 Amer. jocular
– BARON AND FEMME a man and his wife …Bk1708
– BAUBLE a childish or foolish person; a silly trifler; a term of contempt applied to a wife or other female …a1606 obs.
– BEDDE a bedfellow; a husband or wife …c1250 obs.
– BEDFELLOW a husband or wife; a spouse; a concubine …1490 obs.
– BEST GIRL a female sweetheart; a girlfriend; a lover; a wife …1691
– BEST HALF one’s wife or female partner  …1904 Aust. sl.
– BETTER HALF a spouse; one’s wife or husband, or, in later use, a partner …1580
– BETTER THREE-QUARTERS one’s wife or female partner …1885 sl.
– BITCH’S BLIND a homosexual or bisexual man’s heterosexual wife …Bk1972 US homosexual sl.
– BIT OF TRIPE one’s wife …Bk1909 UK sl.
– BITTER HALF one’s wife or female partner; occasionally used of a husband or male partner …1847 sl.
– BLADE a wife …1915 Amer. dial.
– BOSS-LADY one’s wife; a wife who gives the orders; humorous usage …1966 Amer. dial.
– BOSS-WOMAN one’s wife; a wife who gives the orders; humorous usage …1966 Amer. dial.
– BUNDLE a woman; one’s wife …1904 Amer. dial.
– BURERK;  BURICK a wife …M19 sl.
– CARVING KNIFE a wife …2003 UK rhyming sl.
– CATALOG WOMAN a wife obtained through a matrimonial bureau …1928 Amer. dial.
– CHICKIE a term of endearment; one’s wife or sweetheart …1966 Amer. dial.
– CLARTY-PAPS a filthy, slatternly woman or wife …19C Eng. dial.
– COOLER a woman, esp. a wife as opposed to a mistress or lover …E17 sl.
– CROOKED RIB a cross-grained wife …Bk1903 sl.
– DAAM  dame; wife …Bk1828 Eng. dial.
– DAME the mistress of a house; a wife, esp. the wife of a farmer or yeoman …1740 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– DARBY AND JOAN a jocose name for an attached husband and wife who are ‘all in all to each other’, esp. in advanced years and in humble life …1773
– DUCHESS a wife …1895 Brit. sl.
– DUCHESS OF FIFE a wife …1961 UK rhyming sl.
– DUTCH a wife …1889 Brit. sl.
– EVER-LOVING one’s wife …1930s US sl.
– EVIL one’s wife …E19 sl.
– FAIR LADY a woman who is the object of one’s love or devotion; a man’s wife or partner …a1470
– FIFTH WHEEL one’s wife …1968 Amer. dial.
– FORK AND KNIFE a wife …20C rhyming sl.
– GAD;  GADSI a wife …Bk1860 gypsy usage
– GIRL a sweetheart; a girlfriend; a wife …a1513
– GOOD WOMAN one who spares her tongue, gives her husband’s ears a holiday …Bk1823 sl.
– HALF-MARROW a husband or wife; a spouse …1637 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– HALF-WIDOW a wife whose husband is lazy and thriftless, and fails to properly provide for her necessities …B1900 Amer.
– HAMALD a ‘haaf-word’ for wife …1897 Sc.
– HATCHET one’s wife …1969 Amer. dial.
– HAY WIDOW a woman separated from her husband, either permanently or temporarily, for some reason other than death …1931 Amer. dial.
– HER INDOORS a wife or other live-in female partner, often with the implication of a domineering woman …1979 Brit. sl.
– HOT PATOOTIE a sweetheart or wife …1935 Amer. dial.
– HOUSE-FELLOW a wife …1866 Eng. dial.
– HUGS (AND KISSES) a wife …1992 UK rhyming sl. for ‘missus’
– HURRICANE ON A TEN-CENT PIECE a wife furious with her husband …1995 Can.
– I-BEDDE a bedfellow; a wife; a husband …a1250
– ICE WIDOW a woman whose husband is in Antarctica …1971 NZ sl. 
– IMPORTANCE a wife …1647 sl.
– INCUBATOR a wife …1900s Aust. sl.
– INFERIOR HALF one’s wife or partner; generally in jocular use …L19 sl. 
– JAM-TART a wife or mistress …Bk1896 sl.
– JIFFESS an employer’s wife …Bk1896 tailors’ sl.
– JUDY a woman; a wife; a girlfriend …1885 sl.
– JUNO a woman resembling the goddess Juno in qualities ascribed to her; a woman of stately beauty; a jealous wife, etc. …1606
– KICKIE-WICKIE a jocular or ludicrous term for a wife …1601 obs. rare
– LACKIN a wife …M19 sl.
– LADY a wife, a consort …c1390
– LADY JANE a common-law wife or girlfriend …1987 Can. sl.
– LAKEN;  LAKIN a wife …M19 sl.
– LAWFUL BLANKET a wife …19C sl.
– LAWFUL JAM a wife …L19 Brit. sl.
– LAWFULLY LADY one’s legal wife …M19 African-American sl.
– LAWYERESS the wife of a lawyer; a female lawyer …1835
– LEFT-FOREPART a wife …M19 Brit. tailors’ sl.
– LEMAN a husband or wife …c1250 arch.
– LESSER HALF one’s wife …1965 Amer. sl.
– LITTLE CHICKEN a wife …1966 Amer. dial.
– MADAM one’s wife …1863 Amer. dial.
– MADAME the mistress of a household; one’s wife …1863 Amer. dial.
– MAGGIE RAB;  MAGGIE ROB;  MAGGIE ROBB a nagging, unpleasant wife …19C Sc.
– MAIN QUEEN the present girlfriend; the wife …1944 Amer. sl.
– MAKE of humans: a husband or wife; a lover or mistress …a1240 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– MAMA;  MAMMA a girlfriend or wife, esp. in direct address …1910s sl., orig. African-American
– MAMMY a wife …1989 Amer. dial.
– MARRIAGE a person viewed as a prospective husband or wife; a (good or bad) match …1523
– MARROW a husband or wife …a1578 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– MAT a woman, a wife …L18 colloq.
– MATCH a husband or wife; a mate, a consort, a lover; also, said of animals …a831 obs.
– MISSIS;  MISSUS a wife …1833 sl.
– MOIETY one’s wife or husband …1611 humorous usage, obs.
– MOILLERE a wife, a woman …Bk1888 obs.
– MOLL orig., a girl or woman; one’s wife or sweetheart ; a tough or rowdy young woman …1753
– MOLLISHER a woman; a low-class girl or woman; one living in concubinage; a female cohabiting with a man, who jointly get their living by thieving; a thief’s mistress; a wife …1812 sl.
– MOMMA a girlfriend or wife …1926 US sl.
– MONOGYNIST a person who practices or advocates monogyny (having only one wife at a time) ..1895 rare
– MORROW a companion; a husband or wife …Bk1866 Sc. & Ireland
– MORTAR PIECE a wife …1659 UK sl.
– MOT;  MOTT;  MOTTE one’s girlfriend, one’s wife …Bk1785 orig. cant
– MOTHER one’s wife …1925 sl.
– MOTHER-WIFE a wife and mother …1869 Sc.
– MOUNT a wife or mistress …c1856 Brit. sl.
– MOUSE ones wife …19C African-American sl.
– MRS. a wife …1920 sl.
– MRS., THE a wife, one’s wife …1821 Amer. dial.
– MUM one’s mistress of many years, or one’s wife, but not one’s actual mother …1930s UK criminals’ sl.
– MY OLD MOTHER OF PEARL my wife …1960 UK rhyming sl. for ‘old girl’
– NABOBESS a female nabob; the wife of a rich man, esp. of one who had made his fortune in India …1767 
– NEIGHBOUR a husband or wife …Bk1905 Sc.
– NIGDA a grumbling wife …1928 Sc. 
– O.G. a woman, esp. one’s mother or wife (Old Girl) …1878 US jocular
– OLD BLADE one’s wife …1915 Amer. dial.
– OLD CURIOSITY one’s wife …L19 sl.
– OLD DEAR one’s wife …L19 sl.
– OLD DUTCH one’s wife …L19 sl.
– OLD GAL one’s wife or regular female companion …M19 sl.
– OLD GEEZER, (THE)one’s wife …1910s sl.
– OLD GIRL a wife …1853 sl.
– OLD GRABEM PUDDEN an old woman, whether one’s wife or mother …L19 rhyming sl
– OLD LADY a wife, regardless of age …1836 US sl.
– OLD MOTHER OF PEARL, THE a wife; my wife …1960 UK rhyming sl. for ‘old girl’
– OLD ONE, THE one’s mother or wife …E19 Irish
– OLD POT AND PAN ‘old woman’; wife, woman …M19 rhyming sl.
– OLD WOMAN one’s wife …1722
– OLE GIRL one’s wife or regular female companion …M19 sl.
– OTHER HALF one’s wife …1965 Amer. sl.
– PATOOTIE a sweetheart or wife …1921 Amer. dial.
– PENELOPE a chaste and faithful wife …1581
– PLATES (AND DISHES) a wife …1960 UK rhyming sl. for ‘missis’
– QUARE ONE the wife …1997 Ireland sl.
– QUEEN a beautiful young woman; a man’s wife; a companion; a sweetheart; a girlfriend; a lover …1900s sl. African-American sl.
– QUEEN BEE a person, usually a woman, in a position of authority or dominance; a domineering woman or wife …1930 Amer. dial.
– QUILT a wife …M19 US sl.
– RIB a wife …1609 sl.
– SISTER-WIFE a wife who is also the sister of her husband …1743
– SMALL HALF one’s wife …1965 Amer. sl.
– SPARRING PARTNER a friend; a companion; a husband or wife …1995 sl. 
– SPERRIB a wife …L19 UK middle class usage
– SPLICE one’s wife …E19 sl.
– SPORTING LIFE a wife 20C rhyming sl.
– SPOUSESS a female spouse, a wife, a bride, a married woman …1388 obs.
– SWEET PATOOTIE a sweetheart or wife …1924 Amer. dial.
– SWISS ARMY (KNIFE) a wife …1998 UK rhyming sl.
– TANNIKIN a maid, wife, whore, or widow …1605 sl.
– TART a girl or woman; someone’s girlfriend or wife; not used in any derogatory sense …1864 sl.
– TARTAR an ill-natured, shrewish woman, a scolding wife, a vixen, a termagant …1663 
– TROUBLE AND STRIFE a wife …1908 rhyming sl.
– UGS a wife …1992 UK rhyming sl. for ‘missus’ (‘hugs and kisses’)
– VENTER one or other of two or more wives who are (successively or otherwise) sources of offspring to the same person …1544
– WAHEENIE a female; specifically a woman; a wife …1919 Hawaii usage
– WAHINE;  WAHINI a female; specifically a woman; a wife …1833 Hawaii usage
– WANTER one wanting a husband or wife; an unmarried person; a bachelor, a widower …1723 Eng. dial.
– WAR a wife …1900 Aust. sl. rhyming sl. (War and Strife)
– WAR AND STRIFE one’s wife …1930 rhyming sl. 
– WARDEN a wife …20C US sl.
– WAR DEPARTMENT a wife; also, a man’s mother (rare) …1942 Amer. jocular
– WAR HORSE a wife …1965 Amer. jocular usage
– WAR SECRETARY a wife …1965 Amer. jocular usage
– WEDFELLOW a spouse, either husband or wife …B1900
– WIFE-WIDOW a wife living apart from her husband …1875 nonce word
– WIFEY;  WIFIE a little wife; a little or young woman; chiefly used as a term of endearment or familiarity …L18
– WIFF the wife …Bk1926 Amer. sl. 
– WOMEN FOLKS a wife …1907 Amer. dial.
– WORRY AND STRIFE a wife …20C UK rhyming sl.
– WORSE HALF;  WORST HALF one’s wife …1965 Amer. sl.
– WYFOCKIE a little wife; a little woman; generally used as a term of endearment …1825 Sc.
– XANTIPPE the wife of Socrates; hence, an ill-tempered woman or wife; a shrew; a scold …1596
– X.Y.L. n. a wife; ‘ex-young-lady’ …1976 US sl.
– YOCKFELLOW a person joined in marriage to another; a spouse; a husband or wife …1545
– YOKEFELLOW a person joined in marriage to another; a spouse; a husband or wife …1545 rare
– YOKE-MATE a person joined in marriage to another; a spouse; a husband or wife …1567
– YOUNG LADY a female lover or sweetheart; a girlfriend; a (young) wife or fiancée …1584
– ZENTIPPE the wife of Socrates; hence, an ill-tempered woman or wife; a shrew; a scold …1596 
 
WIFE – PHRASES
– ANYTHING FOR A QUIET WIFE catchphrase meaning exactly what it says …1977 UK sl.
– GOOD JACK MAKES A GOOD JILL, A a good husband makes a good wife; a good master makes a good servant; if one partner treats the other well, he or she will be treated well in turn …1784
– GREY MARE IS THE BETTER HORSE, THE said of one whose wife wears the breeches; the wife rules the husband …1546
 
WIFE – VERBS
– DIVIDE THE HOUSE WITH ONE’S WIFE to throw one’s wife onto the streets …L18 sl.
– I -WIVE to take a wife; to marry …c1000 obs.
– LIVE UNDER THE CAT’S FOOT to be henpecked; to live under a wife’s control …B1900
– SPOON THE BURICK to pay attentions to one’s best friend’s wife or girlfriend …L19 sl.


WIFELESS – ADJECTIVES
MAKELESS mateless, wifeless, husbandless, widowed …c1425 obs. exc. Eng. dial.