Word List 50

volition

act of making a conscious choice

voluble

fluent; glib; talkative

voluminous

large

voracious

ravenous

vouchsafe

guarantee

voyeur

peeping tom

vulpine

crafty

waffle

to speak equivocally about an issue

waft

moved gently by wind or waves

waggish

mischievous; tricky

waif

homeless child or animal

wake

path of something that has gone before

wallow

indulge in; become helpless

wan

having a pale or sickly color

wanderlust

strong longing to travel

wangle

to fake

wanton

lewd; lascivious

warble

to sing

warren

crowded conditions in which people live

wastrel

profligate

wax

to increase

waylay

to ambush

wean

to give up cherished activity

weather

endure the effects of weather or other forces

welt

mark from a beating or whipping

welter

to wallow

wheedle

to cajole; coax

whelp

young animal

whet

to stimulate

whiff

puff or gust (of air, scent, etc)

whinny

to neigh like a horse

whit

smallest speck

whittle

to pare; cut off bits

whorl

ring of leaves around stem

wince

to flinch

windfall

fallen fruit; unexpected lucky event

winnow

to sift; separate good parts from bad

wispy

thin; slight; barely discernible

wistful

vaguely longing; sadly pensive

witticism

witty saying

wizened

withered; shriveled

woe

affliction; suffering

wont

custom; habitual procedure

worldly

not spiritual

wrangle

to quarrel; herd cattle

wreak

to inflict

wrench

to pull; strain; twist

wrest

to take by violence; wrench

writ

written command issued by a court

writhe

to twist; contort

wry

twisted

xenophobia

fear of foreigners

yen

longing; urge

yeoman

middle-class man

yokel

country bumpkin who is unsophisticated

yore

time past

zany

crazy

zenith

apex; summit

zephyr

a gentle breeze