1. combining clever conception and facetious expression

    Examples :
    • his sermons were unpredictably witty and satirical as well as eloquent


  1. emit long loud cries

    Synonyms : howl, roar, ululate, yaup, yawl
    Type Of : holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell, call, cry
    Examples :
    • wail in self-pity
  2. a cry of sorrow and grief

    Synonyms : lament, lamentation, plaint
    Type Of : complaint
  3. cry weakly or softly

    Synonyms : mewl, pule, whimper
    Type Of : cry, weep
    Examples :
    • she wailed with pain


  1. shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain

    Synonyms : cry
    Type Of : express feelings, express emotion


  1. cause to happen or to occur as a consequence

    Synonyms : bring, make for, play, work
    Type Of : create, make
    Examples :
    • wreak havoc


  1. a movable chair mounted on large wheels; for invalids or those who cannot walk; frequently propelled by the occupant

    Type Of : chair


  1. process of changing to an inferior state

    Synonyms : declension, decline in quality, deterioration
    Type Of : decline, diminution
  2. changing something with the result that it becomes worse

    Type Of : change of state
  3. changing for the worse

    Antonyms : bettering
    Examples :
    • worried by the worsening storm


  1. a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event

    Synonyms : lookout, lookout man, picket, scout, sentinel, sentry, spotter
    Type Of : watchman, watcher, security guard
  2. see or watch

    Synonyms : catch, see, take in, view
  3. find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort

    Synonyms : ascertain, check, determine, find out, learn, see
  4. a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe

    Synonyms : vigil
    Type Of : surveillance
  5. observe with attention

    Synonyms : look on
    Examples :
    • They watched as the murderer was executed
  6. a small portable timepiece

    Synonyms : ticker
    Type Of : timepiece, horologe, timekeeper
  7. follow with the eyes or the mind

    Synonyms : follow, keep an eye on, observe, watch over
    Type Of : check over, suss out, check, check into, check out, check up on, go over, look into
    Examples :
    • The world is watching Sarajevo
  8. be vigilant, be on the lookout or be careful

    Synonyms : look out, watch out
  9. the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival)

    Synonyms : vigil
    Type Of : rite, religious rite
  10. a period of time (4 or 2 hours) during which some of a ship's crew are on duty

    Type Of : duty period, shift, work shift
  11. look attentively

    Examples :
    • watch a basketball game
  12. the period during which someone (especially a guard) is on duty

    Type Of : period of time, period, time period
  13. observe or determine by looking


  1. Something; thing; stuff.

  2. Why? For what purpose? On what account?


  1. a time period usually extending from Friday night through Sunday; more loosely defined as any period of successive days including one and only one Sunday

    Type Of : period of time, time period, period
  2. spend the weekend

    Type Of : pass, spend


  1. changed for the worse in health or fitness

    Synonyms : worsened
    Antonyms : better
    Examples :
    • I feel worse today
    • her cold is worse
  2. (comparative of `bad') inferior to another in quality or condition or desirability

    Antonyms : better
    Examples :
    • this road is worse than the first one we took
    • the road is in worse shape than it was
    • she was accused of worse things than cheating and lying
  3. (comparative of `ill') in a less effective or successful or desirable manner

    Examples :
    • he did worse on the second exam
  4. something inferior in quality or condition or effect

    Type Of : bad, badness
    Examples :
    • for better or for worse
    • accused of cheating and lying and worse