Shakespeare Glossary: W
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WAFT: to wave, beckon; to turn away.
WAFTAGE: passage by water.
WAGE: to renumerate; to lay as a wager; to venture, hazard.
WAGGON: chariot, carriage.
WAGTAIL: an obsequious person.
WAIST: girdle; the middle of a ship.
WAIT: to be expecting something; to be in attendance.
WALK: a person's way or course; a tract of garden or park; to withdraw.
WALL-EYED: glaring, fierce-looking.
WALL-NEWT: small lizard.
WAN: to turn pale.
WANNION: with a vengeance.
WAPPENED: withered, stale.
WARD: to guard.
WARDEN: a large pear used for baking.
WARDER: staff held by one presiding over a combat.
WARM: well off, comfortable.
WARN: to summon.
WAT: a common word for a hare.
WATCH (1): clock.
WATCH (2): being constantly awake.
WATCH (3): to be or lie awake; to look out for.
WATER: consumable liquid; tears; the lustre of a diamond.
WATER-FLY: fly that hovers over water; idle person.
WATER-GALL: a secondary rainbow.
WATER-RUG: a kind of dog.
WATER-WORK: painting in distemper.
WAX: to grow.
WAXEN: perhaps, to hiccough.
WEALTH: weal, advantage.
WEATHER-FEND: to defend from the weather.
WEB AND PIN: the cataract in the eye.
WEE: small, tiny.
WEE: to think.
WEET: to wit, know.
WEIGH OUT: to outweigh.
WELKIN: the sky.
WELL-LIKING: in good condition.
WELL SAID: int. well done! .
WEND: to go.
WESAND: the wind-pipe.
WHELK: a weal.
WHELKED: marked with whelks or protuberances.
WHEN: an exclamation of impatience.
WHEN AS: when.
WHERE: a place.
WHIFFLER: an officer who clears the way in processions.
WHILE-ERE: a little while ago.
WHIP-STOCK: handle of a whip.
WHIST: hushed, silent.
WHITE: the centre of an archery butt.
WHITELY: pale-faced. A doubtful word.
WHITING-TIME: bleaching time.
WHITTLE: a clasp knife.
WHOOP: to cry out with astonishment.
WICKED: noisome, baneful.
WIDOW: to settle a jointure upon; to become a widow.
WIDOWHOOD: the estate belonging to a widow.
WIGHT: man, person.
WIMPLED: veiled, blindfolded.
WINDOW-BARS: lattice-work across a woman's bodice.
WINTER-GROUND: to protect (a plant) from frost.
WISH: to commend.
WIT: knowledge, wisdom; sound judgement.
WITS: five, the five senses.
WITTOL: a contented cuckold.
WONDERED: marvellously gifted.
WOODCOCK: a simpleton, fool.
WOODMAN: a hunter.
WORD: to flatter or put off with words.
WORLD: life, condition of existence; 'to go to the world' is to get married.
WORM: a serpent.
WORSHIP: to honour.
WORTH: wealth, fortune.
WOT: to know.
WREAK: to avenge.
WREAKFUL: revengeful, avenging.
WREST: an instrument used for tuning a harp.
WRIT: gospel, truth.
WROTH: calamity, misfortune.
WRUNG: twisted, strained.
WRY: to swerve.
WRY-NECK'D: head awkwardly turned sideways.