See also: WAW

English

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Etymology 1

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From Middle English wawen, waȝien, from Old English wagian (to move, shake, swing, totter), from Proto-West Germanic *wagōn, from Proto-Germanic *wagōną (to move), from Proto-Indo-European *weǵʰ- (to drag, carry).

Cognate with German wagen (to venture, dare, risk), Dutch wagen (to venture, dare, also to move, stir), Swedish våga (to dare).

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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

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From Middle English wawe, waȝe, waghe, from Old English wǣg (motion, water, wave, billow, flood, sea), from Proto-West Germanic *wāg, from Proto-Germanic *wēgaz (wave, storm), from Proto-Indo-European *weǵʰ- (to drag, carry).

Cognate with North Frisian weage (water, wave), German Wag, Woge (wave), French vague (wave), Swedish våg (wave).

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Noun

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waw (plural waws)

  1. (obsolete) A wave.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, “Book II, Canto XII”, in The Faerie Queene. [], London: [] [John Wolfe] for William Ponsonbie, →OCLC:
      [] 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

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From Middle English wawe, wowe, waugh, wough, 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, Saterland Frisian Wooge (indoor wall, partition).

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  • wo (Northern England, Derbyshire)
  • waugh (Scotland)

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waw (plural waws)

  1. (Northern England, Scotland, dialectal) A wall.
    • 1678, John Ray, A Collection of English Proverbs, section 75:
      She hath been at London to call a strea a straw, and a waw a wall.
    • 1886, Thomas Farrall, Betty Wilson's Cummerland Teals, section 41:
      T'ootside waws was whitewesh't.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:wo.

Etymology 4

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From Arabic وَاو (wāw).

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waw (plural waws)

  1. The twenty-seventh letter of the Arabic alphabet: و.
  2. Alternative spelling of vav
    • 2006, George Athas, The Tel Dan Inscription: A Reappraisal and a New Introduction, page 147:
      Rather, the waws of both fragments are demonstrably similar. What Cryer and Becking fail to note is that the style of waw used in Fragment B is also used in Fragment A.
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Ibatan

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Compare Yami awaw and Tagalog uhaw.

Adjective

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waw

  1. thirsty

Ivatan

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Cognate with Yami awaw.

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waw

  1. thirsty

Maguindanao

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waw

  1. thirst

Mapudungun

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Etymology

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(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

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waw (Raguileo spelling)

  1. A valley.

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

Maranao

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waw

  1. thirst

Middle English

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waw

  1. Alternative form of wawe

Portuguese

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waw m (plural waws)

  1. Alternative spelling of uau

Scots

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Etymology

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From Old English wagian (wave, undulate).

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waw (plural waws)

  1. (water) wave