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Unknown (the ME forms seem to point to an Old English *wrāh, *wrāg); compare Swedish dialect vrå (wilful, disobedient).


  • IPA(key): /wrau̯(x)/, /wrɔu̯(x)/


wraw (plural and weak singular wrawe)

  1. Easily angered; in a foul mood.
  2. Angry; vexed; wrathful
    • a. 1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Manciple's Tale”, in The Canterbury Tales, lines 43-44:
      [] And that is whan men pleyen with a ſtraw / And with this ſpeche the Cook wax wrooth and wraw []
      And that's when men play with a straw." / And after that speech the Cook became furious and angry, []

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