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  • adj. Resembling a waif; apparently homeless, starving, etc.


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waif +‎ -like


  • In the doorway, a giant male fairy with butterfly wings is lighting the cigarette of a waiflike girl dressed in black.

    The Memory Palace

  • A waiflike college student, she was volunteering at a gallery of Communist propaganda posters located in the bowels of a Shanghai apartment complex.

    Why China Loves 'Gossip Girl'

  • So I begin buying way-too-small shirts and pants for myself that I squeeze into in order to look the part of the waiflike English rock star.

    Late, Late at Night

  • Emma, a skinny, waiflike girl, perhaps ten, with lank ash-blond hair and smudges like bruises under her pale blue eyes.


  • Chris slipped through the small window, his waiflike size affording him easy access.

    The Thieves of Darkness

  • The Sigur R ó s vocalist unleashes his waiflike falsetto over daring, darting percussion, chiming synths, toy pianos, xylophones and flutes.

    The Return of The Album

  • Her cropped, highlighted blond locks swept rakishly over her pore-less forehead, Mulligan, at 25, presents a more assured, less waiflike persona than last year, when her astonishing star turn in the British coming-of-age drama "An Education" earned her the designation of film-festival It Girl.

    After her breakout year, Carey Mulligan still garnering praise for acting

  • I prefer the long, waiflike look of models who are most likely just as sick as I am.

    Unbearable Lightness

  • They want it back in all its lurid detail: the accusing, cuckolded Theodore Tilton raging for justice; his waiflike wife,

    Excerpt: Harriet and Isabella by Patricia O'Brien

  • Kiera had been far thinner, of course, almost waiflike.

    One Night in Scotland


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