waw

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English wawen, waȝien, from Old English wagian(to move, shake, swing, totter), from Proto-Germanic *wagōną(to move), from Proto-Indo-European *weǵhe-(to drag, carry). Cognate with German wagen(to venture, dare, risk), Dutch wagen(to venture, dare, also to move, stir), Swedish våga(to dare).

Verb[edit]

waw ‎(third-person singular simple present waws, present participle wawing, simple past and past participle wawed)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To stir; move; wave.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English wawe, waȝe, from Old English wǣg(motion, water, wave, billow, flood, sea), from Proto-Germanic *wēgaz(wave, storm), from Proto-Indo-European *weǵhe-(to drag, carry). Cognate with North Frisian weage(water, wave), German Wag, Woge(wave), French vague(wave), Swedish våg(wave).

Noun[edit]

waw ‎(plural waws)

  1. (obsolete, water) A wave.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.xii:
      nigh it drawes / All passengers, that none from it can shift: / For whiles they fly that Gulfes deuouring iawes, / They on this rock are rent, and sunck in helplesse wawes.

Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English wawe, wowe, waugh, wouh, from Old English wāh, wāg(a wall, partition), from Proto-Germanic *waigaz(wall), from Proto-Indo-European *weyk-(to bend, twist). Cognate with Scots wauch, vauch.

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Noun[edit]

waw ‎(plural waws)

  1. (Britain, dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) A wall

Etymology 4[edit]

From Arabic وَاو(wāw).

  • Letter of the Arabic alphabet: و

Noun[edit]

waw ‎(plural waws)

  1. The twenty-seventh letter of the Arabic alphabet: و.
  2. Alternative spelling of vav
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Mapudungun[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Noun[edit]

waw ‎(using Raguileo Alphabet)

  1. A valley.

References[edit]

  • Wixaleyiñ: Mapucezugun-wigkazugun pici hemvlcijka (Wixaleyiñ: Small Mapudungun-Spanish dictionary), Beretta, Marta; Cañumil, Dario; Cañumil, Tulio, 2008.

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

waw m (plural waws)

  1. Alternative spelling of uau

Scots[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Related to Old English waġian(wave, undulate).

Noun[edit]

waw ‎(plural waws)

  1. (water) A wave.