IELTS Vocabulary List – W

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  1. waif n. A homeless, neglected wanderer.
  2. waistcoat n. A vest.
  3. waive v. To relinquish, especially temporarily, as a right or claim.
  4. wampum n. Beads strung on threads, formerly used among the American Indians as currency.
  5. wxane v. To diminish in size and brilliancy.
  6. wantonness n. Recklessness.
  7. warlike adj. Belligerent.
  8. wavelet n. A ripple.
  9. weak-kneed adj. Without resolute purpose or energy.
  10. weal n. Well-being.
  11. wean v. To transfer (the young) from dependence on mother’s milk to another form of nourishment.
  12. wearisome adj. Fatiguing.
  13. wee adj. Very small.
  14. well-bred adj. Of good ancestry.
  15. well-doer n. A performer of moral and social duties.
  16. well-to-do adj. In prosperous circumstances.
  17. whereabouts n. The place in or near which a person or thing is.
  18. whereupon adv. After which.
  19. wherever adv. In or at whatever place.
  20. wherewith n. The necessary means or resources.
  21. whet v. To make more keen or eager.
  22. whimsical adj. Capricious.
  23. whine v. To utter with complaining tone.
  24. wholly adv. Completely.
  25. wield v. To use, control, or manage, as a weapon, or instrument, especially with full command.
  26. wile n. An act or a means of cunning deception.
  27. winsome adj. Attractive.
  28. wintry adj. Lacking warmth of manner.
  29. wiry adj. Thin, but tough and sinewy.
  30. witchcraft n. Sorcery.
  31. witless adj. Foolish, indiscreet, or silly.
  32. witling n. A person who has little understanding.
  33. witticism n. A witty, brilliant, or original saying or sentiment.
  34. wittingly adv. With knowledge and by design.
  35. wizen v. To become or cause to become withered or dry.
  36. wizen-faced adj. Having a shriveled face.
  37. working-man n. One who earns his bread by manual labor.
  38. workmanlike adj. Like or befitting a skilled workman.
  39. workmanship n. The art or skill of a workman.
  40. wrangle v. To maintain by noisy argument or dispute.
  41. wreak v. To inflict, as a revenge or punishment.
  42. wrest v. To pull or force away by or as by violent twisting or wringing.
  43. wretchedness n. Extreme misery or unhappiness.
  44. writhe v. To twist the body, face, or limbs or as in pain or distress.
  45. writing n. The act or art of tracing or inscribing on a surface letters or ideographs.
  46. wry adj. Deviating from that which is proper or right.

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