Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Wou-wou noun [ So called from its cry.] (Zoology) The agile, or silvery, gibbon; -- called also camper. See Gibbon . [ Written also wow-wow .]

Wourali noun Same as Curare.

Wove present participle & rare verbal noun of Weave .

Woven past participle of Weave .

Woven paper , or Wove paper , writing paper having an even, uniform surface, without watermarks.

Wow-wow noun (Zoology) See Wou-wou .

Wowe transitive verb & i. To woo. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Wowf adjective Disordered or unsettled in intellect; deranged. [ Scot.] Sir W. Scott.

Wowke noun Week. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Wox obsolete imperfect of Wax . Gower.

Woxen obsolete past participle of Wax . Chaucer.

Wrack noun A thin, flying cloud; a rack.

Wrack transitive verb To rack; to torment. [ R.]

Wrack noun [ Middle English wrak wreck. See Wreck .]


1. Wreck; ruin; destruction. [ Obsolete] Chaucer. "A world devote to universal wrack ." Milton.

2. Any marine vegetation cast up on the shore, especially plants of the genera Fucus , Laminaria , and Zostera , which are most abundant on northern shores.

3. (Botany) Coarse seaweed of any kind.

Wrack grass , or Grass wrack (Botany) , eelgrass.

Wrack transitive verb To wreck. [ Obsolete] Dryden.

Wrackful adjective Ruinous; destructive. [ Obsolete]

Wrain-bolt noun Same as Wringbolt .

Wraith noun [ Scot. wraith , warth ; probably originally, a guardian angel, from Icelandic vörðr a warden, guardian, akin to English ward . See Ward a guard.]


1. An apparition of a person in his exact likeness, seen before death, or a little after; hence, an apparition; a specter; a vision; an unreal image. [ Scot.]

She was uncertain if it were the gypsy or her wraith .
Sir W. Scott.

O, hollow wraith of dying fame.
Tennyson.

2. Sometimes, improperly, a spirit thought to preside over the waters; -- called also water wraith . M. G. Lewis.

Wrangle intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Wrangled ; present participle & verbal noun Wrangling .] [ Middle English wranglen to wrestle. See Wrong , Wring .]


1. To argue; to debate; to dispute. [ Obsolete]

2. To dispute angrily; to quarrel peevishly and noisily; to brawl; to altercate. "In spite of occasional wranglings ." Macaulay.

For a score of kingdoms you should wrangle .
Shak.

He did not know what it was to wrangle on indifferent points.
Addison.

Wrangle transitive verb To involve in a quarrel or dispute; to embroil. [ R.] Bp. Sanderson.

Wrangle noun An angry dispute; a noisy quarrel; a squabble; an altercation.

Syn. -- Altercation; bickering; brawl; jar; jangle; contest; controversy. See Altercation .

Wrangler noun
1. An angry disputant; one who disputes with heat or peevishness. "Noisy and contentious wranglers ." I. Watts.

2. One of those who stand in the first rank of honors in the University of Cambridge, England. They are called, according to their rank, senior wrangler , second wrangler , third wrangler , etc. Confer Optime .

Wranglership noun The honor or position of being a wrangler at the University of Cambridge, England.

Wranglesome adjective Contentious; quarrelsome. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

Wrannock, Wranny noun (Zoology) The common wren. [ Prov. Eng.]

Wrap transitive verb [ A corrupt spelling of rap .] To snatch up; transport; -- chiefly used in the past participle wrapt .

Lo! where the stripling, wrapt in wonder, roves.
Beattie.

Wrap transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Wrapped or Wrapt ; present participle & verbal noun Wrapping .] [ Middle English wrappen , probably akin to English warp . √144. Confer Warp .]


1. To wind or fold together; to arrange in folds.

Then cometh Simon Peter, . . . and seeth . . . the napkin that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.
John xx. 6, 7.

Like one that wraps the drapery of his couch
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.
Bryant.

2. To cover by winding or folding; to envelop completely; to involve; to infold; -- often with up .

I . . . wrapt in mist
Of midnight vapor, glide obscure.
Milton.

3. To conceal by enveloping or infolding; to hide; hence, to involve, as an effect or consequence; to be followed by.

Wise poets that wrap truth in tales.
Carew.

To be wrapped up in , to be wholly engrossed in; to be entirely dependent on; to be covered with.

Leontine's young wife, in whom all his happiness was wrapped up , died in a few days after the death of her daughter.
Addison.

Things reflected on in gross and transiently . . . are thought to be wrapped up in impenetrable obscurity.
Locke.

Wrap noun A wrapper; -- often used in the plural for blankets, furs, shawls, etc., used in riding or traveling.

Wrappage noun
1. The act of wrapping.

2. That which wraps; envelope; covering.

Wrapper noun
1. One who, or that which, wraps.

2. That in which anything is wrapped, or inclosed; envelope; covering.

3. Specifically, a loose outer garment; an article of dress intended to be wrapped round the person; as, a morning wrapper ; a gentleman's wrapper .

Wraprascal noun A kind of coarse upper coat, or overcoat, formerly worn.

Wrasse noun [ W. gwrachen .] (Zoology) Any one of numerous edible, marine, spiny-finned fishes of the genus Labrus , of which several species are found in the Mediterranean and on the Atlantic coast of Europe. Many of the species are bright-colored.

» Among the European species are the ballan wrasse ( Labrus maculatus ), the streaked wrasse ( Latin lineatus ), the red wrasse ( Latin mixtus ), the comber wrasse ( Latin comber ), the blue-striped, or cook, wrasse (see Peacock fish , under Peacock ), the rainbow wrasse ( Latin vulgaris ), and the seawife.

Wrastle intransitive verb [ Middle English wrastlen . See Wrestle .] To wrestle. [ Obsolete or Prov. Eng. & Colloq. U. S.]

Who wrastleth best naked, with oil enoint.
Chaucer.

Wrath noun [ Middle English wrathe , wraþþe , wrethe , wræððe , Anglo-Saxon wrǣððo , from wrāð wroth; akin to Icelandic reiði wrath. See Wroth , adjective ]


1. Violent anger; vehement exasperation; indignation; rage; fury; ire.

Wrath is a fire, and jealousy a weed.
Spenser.

When the wrath of king Ahasuerus was appeased.
Esther ii. 1.

Now smoking and frothing
Its tumult and wrath in.
Southey.

2. The effects of anger or indignation; the just punishment of an offense or a crime. "A revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil." Rom. xiii. 4.

Syn. -- Anger; fury; rage; ire; vengeance; indignation; resentment; passion. See Anger .

Wrath adjective See Wroth . [ Obsolete]

Wrath transitive verb To anger; to enrage; -- also used impersonally. [ Obsolete] "I will not wrathen him." Chaucer.

If him wratheth , be ywar and his way shun.
Piers Plowman.

Wrathful adjective
1. Full of wrath; very angry; greatly incensed; ireful; passionate; as, a wrathful man.

2. Springing from, or expressing, wrath; as, a wrathful countenance. " Wrathful passions." Sprat.

Syn. -- Furious; raging; indignant; resentful.

-- Wrath"ful*ly , adverb -- Wrath"ful*ness , noun

Wrathily adverb In a wrathy manner; very angrily; wrathfully. [ Colloq.]

Wrathless adjective Free from anger or wrath. Waller.

Wrathy adjective Very angry. [ Colloq.]

Wraw adjective [ Confer dial. Swedish vrå willful, disobedient.] Angry; vexed; wrathful. [ Obsolete]

With this speech the cock wex wroth and wraw .
Chaucer.

Wrawful adjective Ill-tempered. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Wrawl intransitive verb [ Confer Danish vraale , Swedish vråla to brawl, to roar, Danish vraal a bawling, roaring, vræle to cry, weep, whine.] To cry, as a cat; to waul. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Wrawness noun Peevishness; ill temper; anger. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Wray transitive verb [ Anglo-Saxon wr...gan to accuse. See Bewray .] To reveal; to disclose. [ Obsolete]

To no wight thou shalt this counsel wray .
Chaucer.

Wreak intransitive verb To reck; to care. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Wreak transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Wreaked ; present participle & verbal noun Wreaking .] [ Middle English wrek...... to revenge, punish, drive out, Anglo-Saxon wrecan ; akin to OFries. wreka , Old Saxon wrekan to punish, Dutch wreken to avenge, German rächen , Old High German rehhan , Icelandic reka to drive, to take vengeance, Goth. wrikan to persecute, Lithuanian vargas distress, vargti to suffer distress, Latin urgere to drive, urge, Greek ... to shut, Sanskrit ... to turn away. Confer Urge , Wreck , Wretch .]


1. To revenge; to avenge. [ Archaic]

He should wreake him on his foes.
Chaucer.

Another's wrongs to wreak upon thyself.
Spenser.

Come wreak his loss, whom bootless ye complain.
Fairfax.

2. To execute in vengeance or passion; to inflict; to hurl or drive; as, to wreak vengeance on an enemy.

On me let Death wreak all his rage.
Milton.

Now was the time to be avenged on his old enemy, to wreak a grudge of seventeen years.
Macaulay.

But gather all thy powers,
And wreak them on the verse that thou dost weave.
Bryant.

Wreak noun [ Confer Anglo-Saxon wræc exile, persecution, misery. See Wreak , transitive verb ] Revenge; vengeance; furious passion; resentment. [ Obsolete] Shak. Spenser.

Wreaken obsolete past participle of Wreak . Chaucer.

Wreaker noun [ See Wreak .] Avenger. [ Obsolete]

The stork, the wrekere of avouterye [ adultery].
Chaucer.

Wreakful adjective Revengeful; angry; furious. [ Obsolete] -- Wreak"ful*ly , adverb [ Obsolete]