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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withdrawn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