speak equivocally about an issue
When asked directly about the governor's involvement in the savings and loan scandal, the press secretary waffled, talking all around the issue.
moved gently by wind or waves
Daydreaming, he gazed at the leaves that wafted past his window.
mischievous; humorous; tricky
He was a prankster who, unfortunately, often overlooked the damage he could cause with his waggish tricks.
homeless child or animal
Although he already had eight cats, he could not resist adopting yet another feline waif.
give up temporarily; yield
I will waive my rights in this matter in order to expedite our reaching a proper decision.
roll in; indulge in; become helpless
The hippopotamus loves to wallow in the mud.
having a pale or sickly color; pallid
Suckling asked, "Why so pale and wan, fond lover?"
grow gradually smaller\
From now until December 21, the winter solstice, the hours of daylight will wane.
wiggle out; fake
She tried to wangle an invitation to the party.
unrestrained; willfully malicious; unchaste
Pointing to the stack of bills, Sheldon criticized Sarah for her wanton expenditures. In response, Sara accused Sheldon of making an unfounded, wanton attack.
Every morning the birds warbled outside her window.
Before the judge issues the injunction, you must convince her this action is warranted.
guarantee; assurance by seller
The purchaser of this automobile is protected by the manufacturer's warranty that he will replace any
defective part for five years or 50,000 miles.
tunnels in which rabbits live; crowded conditions in which people live
The tenement was a veritable warren, packed with people too poor to live elsewhere.
The spies grew wary as they approached the sentry.
He was denounced as a wastrel who had dissipated his inheritance.
With proper handling, his fortunes waxed and he became rich.
ambush; lie in wait
They agreed to waylay their victim as he passed through the dark alley going home.
accustom a baby not to nurse; give up a cherished activity
He decided he would wean himself away from eating junk food and stick to fruits and vegetables.
endure the effects of weather or other forces
He weathered the changes in his personal life with difficulty, as he had no one in whom to confide.
mark from beating or whipping
The evidence of child abuse was very clear; Jennifer's small body was covered with welts and bruises.
turmoil; bewildering jumble
The existing welter of overlapping federal and state proclaims cries out for immediate reform.
At the height of the battle, the casualties were so numerous that the victims weltered in their blood while waiting for medical attention.
cajole; coax; deceive by flattery
She knows she can wheedle almost anything she wants from her father.
young wolf, dog, tiger, etc.
This collie whelp won't do for breeding, but he'd make a fine pet.
The odors from the kitchen are whetting my appetite; I will be ravenous by the time the meal is served.
puff or gust (of air, scent, etc.); hint
The slightest whiff of Old Spice cologne brought memories of George to her mind.
He dismissed his generous gift to his college as a sentimental fancy, an old man's whimsical gesture.
neigh like a horse
When he laughed through his nose, it sounded as if he whinnied.
There is not a whit of intelligence or understanding in your observations.
pare; cut off bits
As a present for Aunt Polly, Tom whittled some clothespins out of a chunk of wood.
ring of leaves around stem; ring
Identification by fingerprints is based on the difference in shape and number of whorls on the fingers.
Donald had planned to kill his wife for months; clearly, her death was a case of deliberate, willful murder, not a crime of passion committed by a hasty, willful youth unable to foresee the consequences of his deeds.
She is as wily as a fox in avoiding trouble.
shrink back; flinch
The screech of the chalk on the blackboard made her wince.
fallen fruit; unexpected lucky event
This huge tax refund is quite a windfall.
sift; separate good parts from bad
This test will winnow out the students who study from those who don't bother.
agreeable; gracious; engaging
By her winsome manner, she made herself liked by everyone who met her.
thin; slight; barely discernible
Worried about preserving his few wispy tufts of hair, Walter carefully massaged his scalp and applied hair restorer every night.
vaguely longing; sadly pensive
With a last wistful glance at the happy couples dancing in the hall, Sue headed back to her room to study for her exam.
Rebuffed by his colleagues, the initially outgoing young researcher became increasingly withdrawn.
Such witless and fatuous statements will create the impression that you are an ignorant individual.
Merlin amazed the knights with his wizardry.
The wizened old man in the home for the aged was still active and energetic.
custom; habitual procedure
As was his wont, he jogged two miles every morning before going to work.
engrossed in matters of this earth; not spiritual
You must leave your worldly goods behind you when you go to meet your Maker.
quarrel; obtain through arguing; herd cattle
They wrangled over their inheritance.
She turned to him, full of wrath, and said, "What makes you think I'll accept lower pay for this job than you get?"
I am afraid he will wreak his vengeance on the innocent as well as the guilty.
pull; strain; twist
She wrenched free of her attacker and landed a powerful kick to his kneecap.
pull away; take by violence
With only ten seconds left to play, our team wrested victory from their grasp.
written command issued by a court
The hero of Leonard's novel is a process server who invents unorthodox ways of serving writs on reluctant parties.
He was writhing in pain, desperate for the drug his body required.
twisted; with a humorous twist
We enjoy Dorothy Parker's verse for its wry wit.