Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Plural form of waif.

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • Every twenty-four hours in the year Dr. Barnardo snatches nine waifs from the streets; so the enormous field he has to work in may be comprehended.

    DRINK, TEMPERANCE, AND THRIFT

  • So the little house was not bare, but made pleasant to their eyes by these waifs from the wreck, brought them by the tide of sympathy and good-will which soon set in.

    An Old-Fashioned Girl

  • Every twenty-four hours in the year Dr. Barnardo snatches nine waifs from the streets; so the enormous field he has to work in may be comprehended.

    Drink, Temperance, and Thrift

  • In chronicling what has transpired within his personal recollection at the National Metropolis, he has gathered what "waifs" he has found floating on the sea of chat, in the whirlpools of gossip, or in the quiet havens of conversation.

    Perley's Reminiscences, v. 1-2 of Sixty Years in the National Metropolis

  • In the midst of the "waifs" above enumerated, however, there was one not yet named, -- one that differed greatly from all the rest, -- and which, had it been seen by them, would have caused extreme surprise both to Ben

    The Ocean Waifs A Story of Adventure on Land and Sea

  • But for the fear of getting short in the necessary commodity of fresh water, they would have hugged the seashore a little longer -- in hopes of picking up a few more "waifs" from the wreck of the English ship.

    The Boy Slaves

  • But "waifs" in journalism seem to be almost exclusively female, more evocative of the child on the

    CJR

  • But "waifs" in journalism seem to be almost exclusively female, more evocative of the child on the Subscribe to the Columbia Journalism Review at our special Web rates.

    CJR

  • But "waifs" in journalism seem to be almost exclusively female, more evocative of the child on the

    CJR

  • They would prefer their creators to be twinkle-toed waifs like Lionel Messi and Luka Modric, matinee idols like Cristiano Ronaldo and Francisco Totti, or brooding artists like Zinedine Zidane or Gheorghe Hagi.

    The Question: Should Man Utd worry about how many goals Rooney scores? | Jonathan Wilson

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.