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W Vocabulary Words Quiz #1

Can you guess these vocabulary words that start with the letter W?
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Last updated: September 13, 2018
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First submittedDecember 21, 2012
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Definition
Word
Prison boss
Warden
Wine-drinking alcoholic
Wino
Unit of power (joule / second)
Watt
To shed tears
Weep
Pickup artist's assistant
Wingman
Pier
Wharf
To complain or whine, in the UK
Whinge
Boxing class between
lightweight and middleweight
Welterweight
Whistling sound caused by
difficult respiration
Wheeze
Man whose wife has died
Widower
Definition
Word
Person who is addicted to work
Workaholic
Certain breakfast food; Or, to vacillate
Waffle
Bitter herb used to make absinthe
Wormwood
Large cooking pan used to
make Asian cuisine
Wok
Hot mulled cider; Or, a Christmas carol
Wassail
To cease giving milk to an offspring
Wean
A swirling vortex in water
Whirlpool
To sniff; Or, to swing and miss in baseball
Whiff
What a pig does in mud
Wallow
To sharpen a knife on a stone
Whet
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Level 47
Apr 27, 2014
Do you think that "wail" might be also be acceptable for the clue "to shed tears"? Good quiz!
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Level 63
Aug 21, 2014
Wail should totally count.
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Level 85
Oct 2, 2014
I think you can wail without tears. It's a cry of pain but doesn't require tears. The answer given is the best one.
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Level 44
Jun 15, 2017
And you CAN shed tears silently. (A.K.A not wailing)
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Level 34
Jan 21, 2023
Yea. Wail should count. Got stuck on that one.
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Level 38
Jun 12, 2014
never heard of welterweight~ oh well
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Level 75
Aug 13, 2014
Also accept "warder"?
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Level 41
Jan 6, 2015
yay im smart at my word warding :o
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Level 71
Apr 30, 2015
I don't think Wharf means Pier, a wharf is usually on solid ground whereas a Pier is a finger-like structure out into the water like a more solid Jetty.
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Level 46
Apr 28, 2018
ever been to fisherman's wharf in San Francisco?
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Level 65
Jun 4, 2015
Whinge Got it wrong. Too Eurocentric.
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Level 80
Jun 5, 2015
irony :)
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Level 74
Sep 27, 2018
Canucks say whinge as well.
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Level 70
Nov 4, 2018
Not this one. And I’m Canadian. Not a canuck.
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Level 75
Jan 21, 2023
Yeah, I’ve never heard someone say whinge here in BC. I’m ok being called a Canuck, though.
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Level 70
Jun 4, 2015
Damn my redneck blood....it's wallow not waller
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Level 65
Mar 7, 2018
Ha! I tried ‘waller’ first. Then realized it was like hollow/holler.
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Level 91
Nov 4, 2018
Yes! Waller should count
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Level 63
Jun 4, 2015
Accept "wail" for to shed tears?
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Level ∞
Sep 4, 2022
Wailing is a sound. Weeping is shedding tears.
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Level 32
Jun 4, 2015
I said Widow for Widower.... C'mon
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Level 47
Jan 22, 2023
A widow refers to a woman whose husband died, a widower is the opposite.
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Level 71
Oct 15, 2016
Unit of power.....Watt..............Unit of power.....Watt..............Unit of power.....Watt......................Sounds like an Abbott and Costello skit.
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Level 85
Mar 25, 2018
This was done in the 70s on Fawlty Towers. Manuel has a whole conversation with a hard of hearing lady that's both hilarious and hard to watch. :-)
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Level 66
Jul 19, 2017
I do the 7th one a lot in tennis.
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Level 62
Aug 22, 2017
i typed "wheez," without the "e" at the end, and didn't get credit. seems a bit nitpicky.
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Level 32
Aug 22, 2017
Try spelling it correctly then ?!
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Level 25
Sep 21, 2017
for me it only took wheezing
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Level 69
Dec 15, 2017
IT'S A VOCABULARY TEST
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Level 55
Jun 12, 2018
I was very interested in the observation about Wormwood Scrubs prison, it never occurred to me that it was connected to absinthe!!
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Level 68
Oct 15, 2020
I can't find the observation you mention Shirmal - haven't worked out how to reveal all the comments yet - but it is very interesting.

I used to pass the Scrubs often on the Tube and though I always found the name odd never remembered to look up its origin.

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Level 70
Nov 5, 2018
Pigs "waller" in the South
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Level 65
Dec 17, 2018
for me these vocabulary test are more a knowledge of english test than vocabulary. Still fun though ( extra hard, is twice the fun :) )
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Level 22
Jan 8, 2019
I would have thought whiff was a noun, similar to a smell, not another word for sniff
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Level 68
Jan 21, 2023
a whiff is def an odour and not a sniff. and here in the uk we don't play baseball, good quiz tho
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Level 79
Jan 22, 2023
Agree.
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Level 83
Jan 8, 2019
Finally remembered "wassail" this time.
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Level 66
Apr 1, 2020
damn there's literally waffles in the picture how did I miss thattt
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Level 76
Jul 12, 2022
I wrote Weetabix for that one at first.
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Level 70
Sep 21, 2021
Please accept wermout and similar spellings for wormwood. It's the same plant and both names start with "w".
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Level 58
Oct 7, 2021
A pier is definitely not a wharf
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Level 76
Sep 27, 2022
A majority didn't get "whinge." I guess most folks didn't get the joke in Harry Potter then?
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Level 70
Jan 21, 2023
Absinthe makes the heart grow warmer.
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Level 67
Jan 21, 2023
- "To waffle" meaning "to vacillate" is an exclusively North American usage and should be clarified as such.

- Wassail, the drink, can be made from various types of alcohol, including ale and wine - not just cider.

- Wassail, in terms of carols, means "to go carolling", and does not mean "a Christmas carol".

- A wingman can accompany anyone who's on the pull, and does not exclusively accompany a "pickup artist".

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Level 46
Jan 21, 2023
Could you also accept "waller" for "wallow"? Country accents are heavy around here and we never say wallow.
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Level 70
Jan 23, 2023
I agree, since Jetpunk in general accepts close or phonetic mispellings.

But I have to say that just because a word is pronounced differently from one variety of English to another doesn't necessarily make it written differently, since English isn't phonetic. I wouldn't expect Jetpunk to accept "leftenant" for lieutenant just because British English speakers pronounce it that way, or "erb" because American English speakers don't pronounce the h in "herb", or "erl" for "oil" because Southerners pronounce it that way.

But Jetpunk certainly could accept these mispellings if they're common enough, because it usually doesn't aim for being a spelling test.