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volatile

changeable; explosive; evaporating rapidly

volition

act of making a conscious choice

voluble

fluent; glib; talkative

voluminous

bulky; large

voracious

ravenous; Wanting to eat or drink more than one can reasonably consume: edacious, gluttonous, greedy, hoggish, piggish, ravenous. See desire, ingestion.

vortex

whirlwind; whirlpool; center of turbulence; predicament into which one is inexorably plunged

vouchsafe

grant condescendingly; guarantee

voyeur

peeping Tom; A person who derives sexual gratification from observing the naked bodies or sexual acts of others, especially from a secret vantage point.

vulnerable

susceptible to wounds

vulpine

like a fox

waffle

speak equivocally about an issue; to use evasive or deliberately vague language:

waft

moved gently by wind or waves

waggish

mischievous; humorous; tricky

waif

homeless child or animal

waive

give up temporarily; yield

wake

trail of ship or other object through water; path of something that has gone before

wallow

roll in; indulge in; become helpless

wan

having pale or sickly color; pallid

wanderlust

strong longing to travel

wane

decrease in size or strength; draw gradually to an end

wangle

wiggle out; fake

wanton

unrestrained; willfully malicious; unchaste

warble

sing; babble

warranted

justified; authorized

warranty

guarantee; assurance by seller

warren

tunnels in which rabbits live; crowded conditions in which people live

wary

very cautious

wastrel

one who wastes, especially one who wastes money; profligate

wax

increase; grow

waylay

ambush; lie in wait

wean

accustom a baby not to nurse; give up a cherished activity

weather

endure the effects of weather and other forces

welt

mark from a beating or whipping

welter

turmoil; bewildering jumble

welter (v)

to wallow, roll, or toss about, as in mud or high seas.

wheedle

cajole; coax; deceive by flattery

whelp

young wolf, dog , tiger, etc

whet

sharpen; stimulate

whiff

puff or gust ( of air, scent, etc.); hint

whimsical

capricious; fanciful

whinny

neigh like a horse

whit

smallest speck; shred; tiny bit

whittle

reduce; cut off bits

whorl

ring of leaves around stem; ring

willful

intentional; headstrong

wily

cunning; artful

wince

shrink back; flinch

windfall

fallen fruit; unexpected lucky event

winnow

sift; separate good parts from bad

winsome

agreeable; gracious; engaging

wispy

thin; slight; barely discernible

wistful

vaguely longing; sadly pensive

withdrawn

introverted; remote

wither

shrivel; decay; droop, decline

withhold

refuse to give; hold back

withstand

stand up against; successfully resist

witless

foolish; idiotic

witticism

witty saying; wisecrack

wizardry

sorcery; magic

wizened

withered; shriveled

woe

deep; inconsolable grief; affliction; suffering

wont

custom; habitual procedure

worldly

engrossed in matters of this earth; not spiritual

wrangle

quarrel; obtain through arguing; herd cattle

wrath

extreme anger; furry

wreak

inflict

wrench

pull; strain; twist

wrest

pull away; take by violence

writ

written command issued by court

writhe

twist in coils; contort in pain

wry

twisted; with a humorous twist; Humorously sarcastic or mocking

xenophobia

fear or hatred of foreigners

yen

longing; urge

yeoman

man owning small estate; middle class farmer

yield

amount produced; income on investment

yield (v)

give in; surrender

yoke

join together; unite

yokel

An uneducated country person; a rustic; a bumpkin

yore

time past: former period of time or of one's life; the time that has elapsed

zany

crazy; comic

zeal

eager enthusiasm

zealot

fanatic; person who shows excessive zeal

zenith

point directly overheard in the sky; summit

zephyr

gentle breeze; west wind

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