W U+0057, W
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER W
V
[U+0056]
Basic Latin X
[U+0058]
U+FF37, W
FULLWIDTH LATIN CAPITAL LETTER W

[U+FF36]
Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms
[U+FF38]

Translingual edit

 
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Alternative forms edit

Etymology edit

From a modification of the Latin letter V (ve), from the Etruscan letter 𐌖 (u, u), from the Ancient Greek letter Υ (U, ypsilon), derived from the Phoenician letter ⁧𐤅(w, waw), from the Egyptian hieroglyph 𓏲.

Its use as a symbol for tungsten is based on German Wolfram.

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W (lower case w)

  1. The twenty-third letter of the basic modern Latin alphabet.

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Symbol edit

W

  1. (chemistry) Symbol for tungsten.
  2. (metrology) Symbol for watt.
  3. (biochemistry) IUPAC 1-letter abbreviation for tryptophan.
  4. (physics) work
  5. (Voice Quality Symbols) whisper

Derived terms edit

Gallery edit

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Other representations of W:

English edit

Pronunciation edit

Name of letter
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdʌb(əl)juː/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈdʌbə(l)ju/, sometimes reduced to /ˈdʌbjə/.
  • (US, abbreviation, rare, nonstandard) IPA(key): /ˈdʌb/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌbəlju, -ʌbjə, -ʌb

Etymology 1 edit

Letter edit

W (upper case, lower case w, plural Ws or W's)

  1. The twenty-third letter of the English alphabet, called double U and written in the Latin script.
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Etymology 2 edit

Abbreviations of various words beginning with W.

Noun edit

W (plural Ws)

  1. Abbreviation of women (sign on toilet door).
    Coordinate term: M (men)
    • 2001, Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections, New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, →ISBN, page 332:
      From the Kierkegaard Room he lopingly careened through a red-carpeted hallway that had previously vouchsafed him a comfort station but this morning seemed all business, no M or W in sight, just salons and boutiques and the Ingmar Bergman Cinema.
  2. (uncountable) Abbreviation of west.
    Coordinate terms: E (east), N (north), S (south)
  3. Abbreviation of Wednesday.
    Synonyms: Wed, Wed.
    Coordinate terms: Su, M, Tu, Th, F, Sa
  4. (sports) Abbreviation of wins (statistic).
    Coordinate terms: L (losses), T (ties)
  5. (cricket) Abbreviation of wicket.
  6. (law enforcement) Abbreviation of warrant.
  7. (Internet slang, countable) A win.
    Coordinate term: L
    Will this be a W live stream?
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Translations edit

Noun edit

W

  1. (stenoscript) Abbreviation of week.
  2. (stenoscript) Abbreviation of west.

Proper noun edit

W

  1. (US politics, informal) George W. Bush (born 1946), the 43rd president of the United States (2001–2009).
    Synonyms: Dubya, GWB

Etymology 3 edit

From noun sense 7 ("win"), which is in turn from noun sense 4 ("wins" as a statistic in sport).

Adjective edit

W (comparative more W, superlative most W)

  1. (slang) Excellent, top-notch.
    Antonym: L
    You, sir, are a W man.

Afar edit

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W

  1. The twentieth letter in the Afar alphabet.

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Afrikaans edit

Pronunciation edit

  • (letter name): IPA(key): /vɪə/

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W (upper case, lower case w)

  1. The twenty-third letter of the Afrikaans alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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Noun edit

W (plural W's, diminutive W'tjie)

  1. W

Basque edit

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ube bikoi̯t͡s̻/, [u.β̞e̞ β̞i.ko̞i̯t͡s̻]

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W (upper case, lower case w)

  1. The twenty-fourth letter of the Basque alphabet, called uve bikoitz and written in the Latin script.

Usage notes edit

  • Used chiefly in recent loanwords and foreign proper nouns.

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Central Franconian edit

Etymology edit

  • /ʋ/ is from West Germanic stem-initial *w.
  • For the origin of /v/, see V.

Pronunciation edit

  • /ʋ/, (chiefly Moselle Franconian also) /v/, (coda) [f]

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W

  1. A letter in the German-based alphabet of Central Franconian.
  2. A letter in the Dutch-based alphabet of Central Franconian.

Usage notes edit

Chinese edit

Etymology 1 edit

Pronunciation edit


Numeral edit

W

  1. (Internet slang) Alternative form of (wàn)

Etymology 2 edit

Pronunciation 1 edit


Note: buliu often merged into one syllable..
Note: dap1 bou4 ju4, dap1 - Hong Kong.
Note:
  • 4peq can be voiced;
  • 3li&4eq often realised as one syllable.
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W

  1. The twenty-third letter of the Latin alphabet.

Pronunciation 2 edit


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W

  1. The twenty-third letter used in Pinyin.
Usage notes edit
  • 《汉语拼音方案》 defines a standard pronunciation for each letter. However, these pronunciations are rarely used in education; another pronunciation is commonly used instead.
  • The pronunciation above are only used while referring to letters in Pinyin. They are not used in other context (such as English).

Danish edit

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /dɔbəlveː/, [ˈd̥ʌb̥əlˌveːˀ]

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W (lowercase w)

  1. the twenty-third letter of the Danish alphabet

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Dutch edit

Pronunciation edit

Letter edit

W (capital, lowercase w)

  1. The twenty-third letter of the Dutch alphabet.

Adverb edit

W

  1. Abbreviation of west; west

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  • Previous letter: V
  • Next letter: X

Esperanto edit

Noun edit

W

  1. Abbreviation of uesto (west).

Finnish edit

Etymology edit

The Finnish orthography using the Latin script was based on those of Swedish, German and Latin, and was first used in the mid-16th century. No earlier script is known. See the Wikipedia article on Finnish for more information, and W for information on the development of the glyph itself.

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W (upper case, lower case w)

  1. A letter of the Finnish alphabet, called kaksoisvee and written in the Latin script.

Usage notes edit

  • In the Finnish alphabet, W is a variant of V.
  • Used only in loanwords, old/archaic language and proper names with old spelling (e.g. Wirtanen). Specifically, W was still used when Finnish was typed in fraktur (blackletter), but as the Roman type replaced it in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, V took its place.

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German edit

Pronunciation edit

  • (letter name) IPA(key): /veː/
  • (phoneme) IPA(key): /v/, [v], [ʋ]
    • /v/ is almost invariably [ʋ] in schw-, zw- (and qu-). Otherwise both are in free variation; as a broad tendency [v] is more northern, [ʋ] more southern.

Letter edit

W (upper case, lower case w)

  1. The twenty-third letter of the German alphabet.

Noun edit

W

  1. Abbreviation of West (west)

Hungarian edit

Pronunciation edit

  • (phoneme): IPA(key): [ˈv]
  • (letter name): IPA(key): [ˈduplɒveː]

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W (upper case, lower case w)

  1. A letter of the extended Hungarian alphabet, called dupla vé and written in the Latin script.

Declension edit

Inflection (stem in long/high vowel, front unrounded harmony)
singular plural
nominative W W-k
accusative W-t W-ket
dative W-nek W-knek
instrumental W-vel W-kkel
causal-final W-ért W-kért
translative W-vé W-kké
terminative W-ig W-kig
essive-formal W-ként W-kként
essive-modal
inessive W-ben W-kben
superessive W-n W-ken
adessive W-nél W-knél
illative W-be W-kbe
sublative W-re W-kre
allative W-hez W-khez
elative W-ből W-kből
delative W-ről W-kről
ablative W-től W-ktől
non-attributive
possessive - singular
W-é W-ké
non-attributive
possessive - plural
W-éi W-kéi
Possessive forms of W
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. W-m W-im
2nd person sing. W-d W-id
3rd person sing. W-je W-i
1st person plural W-nk W-ink
2nd person plural W-tek W-itek
3rd person plural W-jük W-ik

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Ido edit

Pronunciation edit

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W (lower case w)

  1. The twenty-third letter of the Ido alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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Italian edit

 
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Pronunciation edit

  • (letter name):
  • (phonemic realization) IPA(key): /v/, /w/ (varies depending on the source language of the loanword)

Letter edit

W f or m (invariable, upper case, lower case w)

  1. the twenty-third letter of the Latin alphabet, called doppia vu or vu doppia in Italian

Usage notes edit

  • The letter W is not considered part of the Italian alphabet. It is found mainly in loanwords.

Symbol edit

W

  1. viva, evviva (up with)
    Antonym: M (down with)

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Further reading edit

Japanese edit

Noun edit

W(ダブル) (daburu

  1. Alternative spelling of ダブル (double)

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Kashubian edit

Etymology edit

The Kashubian orthography is based on the Latin alphabet. No earlier script is known. See the Kashubian alphabet article on Wikipedia for more, and W for development of the glyph itself.

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W (upper case, lower case w)

  1. The thirtieth letter of the Kashubian alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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Lower Sorbian edit

Pronunciation edit

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W (lower case w)

  1. The thirtieth letter of the Lower Sorbian alphabet, called wej and written in the Latin script.

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Malay edit

 
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Pronunciation edit

  • (Name of letter) IPA(key): [dabliu], [dabəliu], [dabəlju], [dablju]
  • (Phoneme) IPA(key): [w]

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W

  1. The twenty-third letter of the Malay alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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Norwegian edit

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W (upper case W, lower case w)

  1. the 23th letter of the Norwegian alphabet

Usage notes edit

Only in loan words and foreign names. Also used in old inscriptions and texts instead of v.

Nupe edit

Pronunciation edit

Letter edit

W (upper case, lower case w)

  1. The twenty-seventh letter of the Nupe alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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Polish edit

Etymology edit

The Polish orthography is based on the Latin alphabet. No earlier script is known. See the history of Polish orthography article on Wikipedia for more, and W for development of the glyph itself.

Pronunciation edit

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W (upper case, lower case w)

  1. The twenty-eighth letter of the Polish alphabet, called wu and written in the Latin script.

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Portuguese edit

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W (upper case, lower case w)

  1. The twenty-third letter of the Portuguese alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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Romani edit

Letter edit

W (upper case, lower case w)

  1. A letter used to represent the voiced labial-velar approximant (/w/) in the International Standard orthography.

References edit

  • Yūsuke Sumi (2018), “w”, in ニューエクスプレス ロマ(ジプシー)語 [New Express Romani (Gypsy)] (in Japanese), Tokyo: Hakusuisha, →ISBN, page 16

Romanian edit

Pronunciation edit

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W (upper case, lower case w)

  1. The twenty-eighth letter of the Romanian alphabet, called dublu ve or dublu vî and written in the Latin script.

Usage notes edit

Used chiefly in recent loanwords and foreign proper nouns.

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Saanich edit

Pronunciation edit

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W

  1. The thirty-third letter of the Saanich alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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Silesian edit

Etymology edit

The Silesian orthography is based on the Latin alphabet. No earlier script is known. See the Silesian language article on Wikipedia for more, and W for development of the glyph itself.

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W (upper case, lower case w)

  1. The thirtieth letter of the Silesian alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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Somali edit

Pronunciation edit

  • (phoneme): IPA(key): /w/, /u̯/, /ʉ̯/
  • (letter name): IPA(key): /wæʉ̯/

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W upper case (lower case w)

  1. The twentieth letter of the Somali alphabet, called waw and written in the Latin script.

Usage notes edit

  1. The twentieth letter of the Somali alphabet, which follows Arabic abjad order. It is preceded by N and followed by H.

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Spanish edit

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): (phoneme) /w/, /ɡw/, /β/
  • IPA(key): (letter name) /ˌube ˈdoble/ [ˌu.β̞e ˈð̞o.β̞le]
  • IPA(key): (letter name) /ˈdoble ˌbe/ [ˈd̪o.β̞le ˌβ̞e]

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W (upper case, lower case w)

  1. the 24th letter of the Spanish alphabet
    Synonyms: (Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico) doble u, (Latin America) doble ve, (Spain) uve doble, (Peru) ve doble

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Swedish edit

Alternative forms edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from German W and English W, derived from Latin V, derived from Latin U.[1] First attested in 1717.[2]

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W (upper case, lower case w)

  1. the 23rd (or optional) letter of the Swedish alphabet

Usage notes edit

  • In some situations, such as in URLs, the pronunciation of the separate letter is identical to that of V.
  • The letter is often described as an optional inclusion to the Swedish alphabet.
  • Since 2006 the letter has been categorised as a separate letter by the dictionary Svenska Akademins Ordlista (SAOL). Before that, it was viewed as a variant of the letter V and sorted thereunder.[3]

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Tagalog edit

Etymology edit

From English W. Each pronunciation has a different source:

  • Filipino alphabet pronunciation is influenced by English W.
  • Abakada alphabet pronunciation is influenced by Baybayin character (wa).

Formerly, the letter U was used to represent /w/ in the Spanish-based orthography.

Pronunciation edit

  • Hyphenation: W
  • (letter name, Filipino alphabet): IPA(key): /ˈdobolju/, [ˈdo.bol.jʊ]
  • (letter name, Abakada alphabet): IPA(key): /wa/, [wɐ]
  • (phoneme): IPA(key): /w/, [w]
  • Rhymes: -obolju, -a

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W (upper case, lower case w, Baybayin spelling ᜇᜓᜊᜓᜎ᜔ᜌᜓ)

  1. The twenty-fifth letter of the Tagalog alphabet (Filipino alphabet), called dobolyu and written in the Latin script.

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W (upper case, lower case w, Baybayin spelling )

  1. The nineteenth letter of the Tagalog alphabet (Abakada alphabet), called wa and written in the Latin script.

Further reading edit

  • W”, in Pambansang Diksiyonaryo | Diksiyonaryo.ph, Manila, 2018

Welsh edit

Pronunciation edit

Letter edit

W (upper case, lower case w)

  1. The twenty-eighth letter of the Welsh alphabet, called w and written in the Latin script. It is preceded by U and followed by Y.

Mutation edit

  • W cannot be mutated but when representing a vowel, does take h-prothesis, for example with the word wy (egg):
Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal h-prothesis
wy unchanged unchanged hwy
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.
  • However, when it represents the semivowel /w/, W cannot be mutated.
Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal h-prothesis
wal unchanged unchanged unchanged
Irregular.

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Further reading edit

  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “W”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies

Yoruba edit

Pronunciation edit

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W (upper case, lower case w)

  1. The twenty-fourth letter of the Yoruba alphabet, called and written in the Latin script.

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Zulu edit

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W (upper case, lower case w)

  1. The twenty-third letter of the Zulu alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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