welfare

  1. a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous

    Synonyms : eudaemonia, eudaimonia, upbeat, well-being, wellbeing
    Type Of : prosperity, successfulness
  2. governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need

    Synonyms : public assistance, social welfare
    Type Of : economic assistance, financial aid, financial assistance, aid, assistance, economic aid
    Examples :
    • she lives on welfare
  3. something that aids or promotes well-being

    Synonyms : benefit
    Type Of : goodness, good

waffle

  1. pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness

    Synonyms : hesitate, waver
  2. pancake batter baked in a waffle iron

    Type Of : cake

wry

  1. humorously sarcastic or mocking

    Synonyms : dry, ironic, ironical
    Examples :
    • with a wry Scottish wit
  2. bent to one side

    Examples :
    • a wry neck

waft

  1. a long flag; often tapering

    Synonyms : pennant, pennon, streamer
    Type Of : flag
  2. be driven or carried along, as by the air

    Type Of : float, be adrift, blow, drift
    Examples :
    • Sounds wafted into the room
  3. blow gently

    Type Of : blow
    Examples :
    • A breeze wafted through the door

wag

  1. move from side to side

    Synonyms : waggle
    Type Of : jiggle, joggle, wiggle
    Examples :
    • The happy dog wagged his tail
  2. a witty amusing person who makes jokes

    Synonyms : card, wit
    Type Of : humorist, humourist
  3. causing to move repeatedly from side to side

    Synonyms : shake, waggle
    Type Of : agitation

weaken

  1. lessen in force or effect

    Synonyms : break, damp, dampen, soften
    Type Of : blunt, deaden
  2. reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of

    Synonyms : de-escalate, step down
    Type Of : decrease, minify, lessen
  3. destroy property or hinder normal operations

    Synonyms : counteract, countermine, sabotage, subvert, undermine
    Type Of : disobey
  4. become weaker

    Antonyms : strengthen
    Type Of : diminish, lessen, decrease, fall
    Examples :
    • The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days
  5. lessen the strength of

    Antonyms : strengthen
    Type Of : modify, change, alter
    Examples :
    • The fever weakened his body

whittle

  1. cut small bits or pare shavings from

    Synonyms : pare
    Type Of : cut
    Examples :
    • whittle a piece of wood
  2. English aeronautical engineer who invented the jet aircraft engine (1907-1996)

    Synonyms : frank whittle, sir frank whittle

wistful

  1. showing pensive sadness

    Synonyms : pensive
    Examples :
    • the sensitive and wistful response of a poet to the gentler phases of beauty

wispy

  1. thin and weak

    Synonyms : wisplike
    Examples :
    • a wispy little fellow with small hands and feet
  2. lacking clarity or distinctness

    Synonyms : dim, faint, shadowy, vague
    Examples :
    • a few wispy memories of childhood

wily

  1. marked by skill in deception

    Synonyms : crafty, cunning, dodgy, foxy, guileful, knavish, slick, sly, tricksy, tricky
    Examples :
    • a wily old attorney