Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Wolle noun Wool. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Wolverene State Michigan; -- a nickname.

Wolverene, Wolverine noun [ From Wolf , with a dim suffix; probably so called from its supposed wolfish qualities.]


1. (Zoology) The glutton.

2. A nickname for an inhabitant of Michigan. [ U. S.]

Wolves noun , plural of Wolf .

Wolvish adjective Wolfish. Shak.

Woman noun ; plural Women . [ Middle English woman , womman , wumman , wimman , wifmon , Anglo-Saxon wīfmann , wīmmann ; wīf woman, wife + mann a man. See Wife , and Man .]


1. An adult female person; a grown-up female person, as distinguished from a man or a child; sometimes, any female person.

Women are soft, mild pitiful, and flexible.
Shak.

And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman .
Gen. ii. 22.

I have observed among all nations that the women ornament themselves more than the men; that, wherever found, they are the same kind, civil, obliging, humane, tender beings, inclined to be gay and cheerful, timorous and modest.
J. Ledyard.

2. The female part of the human race; womankind.

Man is destined to be a prey to woman .
Thackeray.

3. A female attendant or servant. " By her woman I sent your message." Shak.

Woman hater , one who hates women; one who has an aversion to the female sex; a misogynist. Swift.

Woman transitive verb
1. To act the part of a woman in; -- with indefinite it . Daniel.

2. To make effeminate or womanish. [ R.] Shak.

3. To furnish with, or unite to, a woman. [ R.] "To have him see me woman'd ." Shak.

Woman's Christian Temperance Union An association of women formed in the United States in 1874, for the advancement of temperance by organizing preventive, educational, evangelistic, social, and legal work.

Womanhead, Womanhede noun Womanhood. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Womanhood noun
1. The state of being a woman; the distinguishing character or qualities of a woman, or of womankind.

Unspotted faith, and comely womanhood .
Spenser.

Perhaps the smile and the tender tone
Came out of her pitying womanhood .
Tennyson.

2. Women, collectively; womankind.

Womanish adjective Suitable to a woman, having the qualities of a woman; effeminate; not becoming a man; -- usually in a reproachful sense. See the Note under Effeminate . " Thy tears are womanish ." Shak. " Womanish entreaties." Macaulay.

A voice not soft, weak, piping, and womanish , but audible, strong, and manlike.
Ascham.

-- Wom"an*ish*ly , adverb -- Wom"an*ish*ness , noun

Womanize transitive verb To make like a woman; to make effeminate. [ Obsolete] V. Knox.

Womankind noun The females of the human race; women, collectively.

A sanctuary into which womankind , with her tools of magic, the broom and mop, has very infrequent access.
Hawthorne.

Womanless adjective Without a woman or women.

Womanlike adjective Like a woman; womanly.

Womanlike , taking revenge too deep.
Tennyson.

Womanliness noun The quality or state of being womanly.

There is nothing wherein their womanliness is more honestly garnished than with silence.
Udall.

Womanly adjective Becoming a woman; feminine; as, womanly behavior. Arbuthnot.

A blushing, womanly discovering grace.
Donne.

Womanly adverb In the manner of a woman; with the grace, tenderness, or affection of a woman. Gascoigne.

Womb (wōm) noun [ Middle English wombe , wambe , Anglo-Saxon wamb , womb ; akin to Dutch wam belly, Old Saxon & Old High German wamba , German wamme , wampe , Icelandic vömb , Swedish våmb , Danish vom , Goth. wamba .]
1. The belly; the abdomen. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

And he coveted to fill his woman of the cods that the hogs eat, and no man gave him.
Wyclif (Luke xv. 16).

An I had but a belly of any indifferency, I were simply the most active fellow in Europe. My womb , my womb , my womb undoes me.
Shak.

2. (Anat.) The uterus. See Uterus .

3. The place where anything is generated or produced.

The womb of earth the genial seed receives.
Dryden.

4. Any cavity containing and enveloping anything.

The center spike of gold
Which burns deep in the bluebell's womb .
R. Browning.

Womb transitive verb To inclose in a womb, or as in a womb; to breed or hold in secret. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Wombat noun [ From the native name, womback , wombach , in Australia.] (Zoology) Any one of three species of Australian burrowing marsupials of the genus Phascolomys , especially the common species ( P. ursinus ). They are nocturnal in their habits, and feed mostly on roots.

Womby adjective Capacious. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Women noun , plural of Woman .

Won imperfect & past participle of Win .

Won intransitive verb [ See 1st Wone .] To dwell or abide. [ Obsolete or Scot.] " Where he wans in forest wild." Milton.

This land where I have woned thus long.
Spenser.

Won noun Dwelling; wone. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Wonder noun [ Middle English wonder , wunder , Anglo-Saxon wundor ; akin to Dutch wonder , Old Saxon wundar , Old High German wuntar , German wunder , Icelandic undr , Swedish & Danish under , and perhaps to Greek ... to gaze at.]


1. That emotion which is excited by novelty, or the presentation to the sight or mind of something new, unusual, strange, great, extraordinary, or not well understood; surprise; astonishment; admiration; amazement.

They were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.
Acts iii. 10.

Wonder is the effect of novelty upon ignorance.
Johnson.

» Wonder expresses less than astonishment , and much less than amazement . It differs from admiration , as now used, in not being necessarily accompanied with love, esteem, or approbation.

2. A cause of wonder; that which excites surprise; a strange thing; a prodigy; a miracle. " Babylon, the wonder of all tongues." Milton.

To try things oft, and never to give over, doth wonders .
Bacon.

I am as a wonder unto many.
Ps. lxxi. 7.

Seven wonders of the world . See in the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction.

Wonder intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Wondered ; present participle & verbal noun Wondering .] [ Anglo-Saxon wundrian .]


1. To be affected with surprise or admiration; to be struck with astonishment; to be amazed; to marvel.

I could not sufficiently wonder at the intrepidity of these diminutive mortals.
Swift.

We cease to wonder at what we understand.
Johnson.

2. To feel doubt and curiosity; to wait with uncertain expectation; to query in the mind; as, he wondered why they came.

I wonder , in my soul,
What you would ask me, that I should deny.
Shak.

Wonder adjective Wonderful. [ Obsolete] Gower.

After that he said a wonder thing.
Chaucer.

Wonder adverb Wonderfully. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Wonder-worker noun One who performs wonders, or miracles.

Wonder-working adjective Doing wonders or surprising things.

Wondered adjective Having performed wonders; able to perform wonderful things. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Wonderer noun One who wonders.

Wonderful adjective Adapted to excite wonder or admiration; surprising; strange; astonishing.

Syn. -- Marvelous; amazing. See Marvelous .

-- Won"der*ful*ly , adverb -- Won"der*ful*ness , noun

Wonderingly adverb In a wondering manner.

Wonderland noun A land full of wonders, or marvels. M. Arnold.

Wonderly adverb [ Anglo-Saxon wundorlice .] Wonderfully; wondrously. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Wonderment noun Surprise; astonishment; a wonderful appearance; a wonder. Bacon.

All the common sights they view,
Their wonderment engage.
Sir W. Scott.

Wonderous adjective Same as Wondrous .

Wonders adverb See Wondrous . [ Obsolete]

They be wonders glad thereof.
Sir T. More.

Wonderstruck adjective Struck with wonder, admiration, or surprise. Dryden.

Wonderwork noun [ Anglo-Saxon wundorweorc .] A wonderful work or act; a prodigy; a miracle.

Such as in strange land
He found in wonderworks of God and Nature's hand.
Byron.

Wondrous adverb [ Middle English wonders , adverb (later also adj.). See Wonder , noun , and confer - wards .] In a wonderful or surprising manner or degree; wonderfully.

For sylphs, yet mindful of their ancient race,
Are, as when women, wondrous fond of place.
Pope.

And now there came both mist and snow,
And it grew wondrous cold.
Coleridge.

Wondrous adjective Wonderful; astonishing; admirable; marvelous; such as excite surprise and astonishment; strange.

That I may . . . tell of all thy wondrous works.
Ps. xxvi. 7.

-- Won"drous*ly , adverb -- Won"drous*ness , noun

Chloe complains, and wondrously 's aggrieved.
Granville.

Wone intransitive verb [ Middle English wonen , wunen , wonien , wunien , Anglo-Saxon wunian . ............. See Wont , adjective ] To dwell; to abide. [ Obsolete] Piers Plowman.

Their habitation in which they woned .
Chaucer.

Wone noun [ Middle English See Wone , intransitive verb , Wont , adjective ]


1. Dwelling; habitation; abode. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

2. Custom; habit; wont; use; usage. [ Obsolete]

To liven in delight was all his wone .
Chaucer.

Wong noun [ Anglo-Saxon wang , wong .] A field. [ Obsolete] Spelman. "Woods and wonges ." Havelok the Dane.

Wonger noun See Wanger . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Woning noun Dwelling. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.