Words starting with ” w ” for SAT, GRE, GMAT, CAT skmclasses Bangalore

wabbit – Scottish: exhausted or unwell

wadi – a streambed (in Middle East and north Africa) that is usually dry except during the rainy season

wahine – 1. a Polynesian woman. 2. a woman surfer

wailing wall – a place to vent one’s woes or (less often) to seek relief from them

Wailing wall a place to vent one’s woes

wainwright – a wagon-maker

waldo – a mechanical agent, such as a gripper arm, controlled by a human limb

walpurgisnacht or walpurgis night – the eve of May Day, when witches ride to a rendezvous; also, something having a nightmarish quality

wamble (also here) – to move unsteadily or with a weaving, wobbling or rolling motion (noun: an upset stomach; a wobble or roll)

wand (verb) – to check (a person) with a metal-detecting wand, as at an airport

wandering queer – slang; west coast US: someone who doesn’t know if he/she is homosexual or heterosexual

wanker – Australian slang: one who masturbates. A good all-purpose insult.

wannabe – 1. one who aspires to a role or position. 2. one who imitates the behavior, customs, or dress of an admired person or group. 3. a product

designed to imitate the qualities or characteristics of something

wanton – 1. immoral or unchaste; lewd (noun: one who so behaves) 2. unrestrainedly excessive, as wanton waste

war horse – a respected veteran, reliable and competent – but uninspired and a little bit past his time [also used for things, such as a play or hymn]

warren – a colony of rabbits (also, an overcrowded or maze-like area)

wasabi – a pungent, green Japanese condiment. Often served to accompany sushi.

waspish – 1. like a wasp (sharply irritable, or showing irritation) 2. like a WASP (disparaging: of the power elite or the social elite of White Anglo Saxon Protestants)

wassail – a festivity characterized by much drinking; a toast to drinking someone’s health at festivity. verb: to drink to the health of

wastrel – 1. a spendthrift; one who squanders money 2. an idler; a loafer; a good-for-nothing

Wastrel spendthrift woman who squanders money

waterboarding – interrogation technique, variously defined. The prisoner is tied head-down on an inclined board, cellophane or a cloth is wrapped over his face, and water is poured over him. Produces an overwhelming sensation of drowning.

Waterboarding interrogation technique

watergate – Is the term being used for “political scandal”, much as one’s ‘Waterloo’ is used to mean “decisive defeat”?

wattle and daub – wattle, overlaid with clay, as a construction material.

wattle – 1. the red fleshy skin hanging at the throat of a turkey or chicken, or like neck-skin on other birds or on lizards 2. a framework of stakes with branches interwoven, to form a fence

Wearisome Torpid Vapid Lackluster

Wearisome – Torpid, Vapid, Lackluster – So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness. “other people’s dreams are dreadfully wearisome”.


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weathercock – a weathervane shaped like a rooster (technically, shaped like a cockerel – a young domestic cock) Also used to mean something very changeable or fickle.

weave impression or weave emphasis (in art conservation) – a damage (irreversible?) that frequently occurs with lining or relining an old painting (adding another layer of canvas behind the original, for stronger support). During lining the paint is heated up and softened, and the weave of the canvas can be pressed into the paint, ruining the original texture of the brushwork.

webster – a weaver [the root means “web”, a nice image.]

wedlock (etymology)

ween – (archaic:) to think; suppose; believe

Ween to think suppose believe

weir – 1. a dam 2. a fence, etc. built in a stream, to trap fish

Weir a dam a fence built in a stream to trap fish

Welch – eponym: to renege on a deal

Welch to renege on a deal

Wellerism – eponym: a familiar phrase put in the mouth of one whose situation humorously brings to mind another meaning of that phrase. The double meaning may be by punning on sound, by a double-meaning of a word, or by a contrast of figurative and literal usages. See Tom Swiftie; croaker.

Wellerism familiar phrase put in the mouth

wellhead; wellspring – a source, spring, or fountain; also, a principal source; a fountainhead: a wellspring of ideas. (One source suggests that a wellspring is not usually just the beginning point but also source of continuing supply)

Well-heeled well-off financially

well-heeled – well-off financially [from cock-fighting]

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Wellington – eponym: a leather boot with loose top, usually coming above the knee

Weltanshauung – worldview; a comprehensive view of the world and human life; the overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world (literally, “world-view”)

Weltanshauung worldview comprehensive view of the world

welter – a confused muddle; a chaotic jumble

Welter a confused muddle a chaotic jumble


Weltschmerz; Weltschmerz – sadness over the evils of the world; esp. as a romantic pessimism. more generally: sentimental pessimism. literally “world pain”.

Weltschmerz  Weltschmerz sadness over the evils of the world

werowance – Powhatan Indian word for a petty chief, usually at the village level

whelm – 1. to ruin or destroy by covering completely (typically with water, but also with earth, snow, etc.) 2. to similarly engulf or bear down upon ( as flood, storm, avalanche) [closer to ‘overwhelm’)

Whippersnapper – a diminutive or insignificant person, especially a sprightly or impertinent young fellow

Whippersnapper diminutive insignificant person

whipping boy – a scapegoat (originally, a boy formerly educated with a prince or other young nobleman and punished in his stead – since one may not whip a prince!)

whirling dervish – one in constant frenzied activity

whistle pig – the Appalachian Mountain term for a woodchuck (a/k/a groundhog)

white knight (corporate takeovers) – a friendly acquirer, sought out by a target firm to rescue it from an unwelcome acquirer

White noise – 1. constant background noise; esp. one that drowns out other sounds 2. meaningless or distracting commotion, hubbub, or chatter

White noise constant background noise

white paper – UK: a government report of information or proposals on an issue (sometimes, similar non-governmental reports). Less extensive than a blue book
(reader note: from formal documents presented to the British Parliament, setting out policy options; called “white papers” because of their white covers. contrast Green Papers, which are less formal, consultative documents.)

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white-shoe – relating to a long-established business known for reputable service to a wealthy clientele

whitewash – to give something a false appearance of good, by concealing or glossing over its faults (noun: something that does so; the act of doing so)

whizzer – an American name for a hummer firework

whoa – a command used to a horse to tell it to slow down. Also sometimes used figuratively to human beings.

Whomperjawed – askew; not fitting properly; also: flabbergasted

Whomperjawed askew not fitting properly

whoreson – a low, scurvy fellow (also adj.)

whortleberries – blueberries. Also known in Newfoundland as whorts (pronounced “hurts”).

Widdiful – one who deserves hanging, a gallows-bird; a scamp, rascal (also used as adj.)

Widdiful Scamp Woman who deserves hanging

Wifty ditsy easily confused

Wifty – ditsy, scatterbrained, silly

Wifty ditsy scatterbrained silly

wight [pronounced like the color white] – a living being; a creature (obsolete)

Wikiality – the notion that any random falsehood can become reality if you can merely persuade enough people to believe it [Stephen Colbert coinage; not in dictionaries]

Wikiality notion that any random falsehood can become reality

willgill – a hermaphrodite or an effeminate man [“a very expressive name for an hermaphrodite, will being for the man and gill (with g soft) for Gillian or Juliana, on the woman’s part.” – Samuel Pegge’s alphabet of Kenticisms 1735-1736]

williwaw – sudden gust of wind; a squall

wimpy [etymology] – weak and ineffectual [from character in the Popeye comics]

winchester – a particular type of bottle, usually 2.5 litre

windmill-tilt – noun: a fruitless and frustrating venture

Robos windmill visit

windrow – 1. row of leaves or snow, heaped up by the wind. 2. a long row of cut hay or grain left to dry in a field before being bundled. verb: to arrange into a windrow

wing it – to attempt a task without sufficient preparation, and be forced to improvise

winkle – a small edible marine snail, steamed in wine or baked

winkle-hawk; winkle-hole – a rectangular rent made in cloth

winklepicker – a style of shoe (boot?) with pointed toes so extreme that they’re said to be usable for picking winkles from their shells (1960s through at least 1980)

WIP (knitting) – Work In Progress

witches’ broom – a cluster of short, dense branches, as from insects or disease

withy – a strong, flexible twig, used in making baskets and the like, often from the willow

witling – a pretender to wit or smartness

witticaster – a witling; i.e., a pretender to wit or smartness

woad – a blue dye; the plant from which that dye is produced

Woebegone – 1. obsolete: beset with woe; oppressed with misfortune, sorrow, etc. 2. showing distress, misery, anguish, or grief

Woebegone obsolete beset with woe oppressed with misfortune sorrow

wolfsbane – see aconite

wood; to see – publishing: to see a book before the release date; premature circulation

word salad – the confused, and often repetitious, language that is symptomatic of various mental illnesses

worm – computers: a like virus, but can copy itself onto other computers [see malware]

Worrywart – one who tends to worry unduly, esp. about unimportant things [from comics]

Worrywart one who tends to worry unduly

wort – beermaking: the mixture of malt and water before fermentation starts

wowser – 1. an obnoxiously puritanical killjoy 2. something so excellent as to be eye-catching and attention-grabbing

wrack – 1. dried seaweed 2. wreckage, esp. of a ship cast ashore

Wundercammer – a chamber or cabinet of wonders; spec. a place exhibiting the collection of a connoisseur of curiosities, such as became common from the late Renaissance onwards

wye – U.S. Railways: an arrangement of three sections of track in the shape of a concave-sided triangle or ‘Y’

wack old name for decomposed basalt
wadmal thick coarse wool
waftage transportation through water or air
wafture act of waving or wafting
wagonette carriage with one crosswise seat in front, two seats in back
wagtail an obsequious person; a harlot
wainage team and implements needed for cultivation of land
wainscot to line with boards or panels; fine oak panelling
wair timber of six feet in length and one foot in width
waits musicians employed to play on ceremonial occasions

Yoked to music at picnic

Yoked to music play

wakerife wakeful; indisposed to sleep
waldflute organ flute stop of 4 feet in length
waldgrave old German title of nobility
waldhorn French valveless hunting horn
wale to choose; the act of choosing
walleteer one who carries a wallet
wallfish snail
wallflower yellowish-red
wallydrag feeble or worthless person or animal
walm to spout; to boil up
walty inclined to tip over or lean

wamble churning of the stomach; wobbling or rolling motion

Wamble move unsteadily with weaving wobbling

wame the womb or belly; a protuberant hollow part
wamus cardigan or jacket buttoned at neck and wrists
wanchancy unlucky; uncanny
wang the cheek; a molar
wanhope despair
wanigan pay office in a lumber camp
wanion ill luck; misfortune
wankle unstable or unsteady
wantage deficiency; shortage
wanze to decrease; to waste away
wapenshaw periodic gathering to evaluate readiness of men for combat
wapentake archaic sub-division of certain counties
wapiti elk
waqf charitable donation for Islamic religious purposes
warble small tumour suffered by horses under the saddle area
wardcorn payment of corn in place of military service
warden kind of pear used in cooking
wardmote meeting of a ward or a court of a ward
wardroom quarters for ship’s officers
warison wealth; reward; punishment
warrantise the act of guaranteeing or warranting; an assurance
warray to make war on
warren heart-shaped hoe
warrener keeper of a warren of rabbits
wase small bundle of hay or straw for resting one’s head
washball ball of toilet soap
washboard broad thin plank along ship’s gunwale to keep out sea water
washery location where industrial washing takes place
washeteria laundromat or launderette
washi thin Japanese paper used to make kites and lanterns
washland area periodically flooded by river
wasm an outdated policy, doctrine or theory
wassail toast to someone’s health; to go caroling or carousing; spiced ale
wasserman man-shaped sea monster
wastel sweet flaky bread made with fine flour and butter
wastelot unused lot of land in a built-up area
waster wooden sword used for practicing fencing
wastive liable to waste
watchet pale blue
watchglass small dish used for holding small amounts of a solution
watching fully afloat
waterage fee paid for travelling on water
waterish resembling or filled with water; insipid or diluted
waterman boatman or ferryman
waterwork piece of fabric painted to resemble a tapestry
wattmeter instrument for measuring electrical power
waulk to full cloth
waulker cloth fuller
wavemeter instrument for measuring wavelengths
waveson goods floating on the sea after a shipwreck
waxcloth oilcloth; linoleum
wayboard thin geological seam separating larger strata
waygone exhausted from long travels
wayment lamentation; grief
waywiser instrument for measuring distance travelled
wayzgoose annual employees’ dinner or outing
wear to turn a ship’s stern to windward to alter its course
wearish tasteless; savourless
weasand the gullet or windpipe
weatherboard weather side of a ship
weatherly able to sail close to the wind with little leeway
weatherometer instrument for measuring weather-resisting properties of paint
webcast live broadcast transmitted on the World Wide Web
weber unit of magnetic flux equal to 100 million maxwells
webster a female weaver
webwheel wheel in which spokes, rim and centre made from one piece of material
wedeln skiing in a swiveling motion with skis close together
weed garment or outfit worn during mourning
weedicide something that kills weeds
weedy dressed in widow’s mourning clothes
weftage texture
wegotism excessive use of the pronoun ‘we’ in speech or writing
weighage fee paid for weighing goods
weirdward bordering upon the supernatural
weld yellow dye; plant from which it is extracted
welk to twist about
welkin the vault of the sky; firmament; heaven
wellaway expression of sorrow or lamentation; alas
welter to be in a state of turmoil or chaos
wen enormously congested city
wergild fine paid by family of murderer to family of murder victim
wertfrei without value judgement; neutral
westing space or distance westward
wether castrated ram
wey old measure for dry goods usually equal to 40 bushels
whang a leather thong; a thick slice
whangam an imaginary animal
wharfinger keeper or owner of a wharf
whatabouts things with which one is occupied
wheal a Cornish mine
wheaten the golden colour of ripe wheat
wheelhouse shelter where ship’s steering wheel kept
wheep sound made by a steel weapon when drawn from a sheath
wheeple to whistle feebly
whelky knobby; rounded
whelve to cover with an upside down vessel
whemmle to overturn; to throw into a state of disorder
whenas when
whencesoever from whatsoever place or source
whereagainst against which
whereinsoever in whatsoever respect or place
whereinto into which; into what
whereof of what
whereon on what
whereout out of which
wherethrough through which; through the agency of
whereuntil to what
wherewith with what
wherret a blow on the ear or side of the head
wherry light shallow boat; barge
whey off-white
whichsoever every one that
whicker to neigh; to bleat
whiff to fish with hand line towed behind a boat
whiffet paltry person; little dog
whiffler official who clears way for a procession
whifflery levity; trifling
whift a slight puff or blast
whiggarchy government by Whigs
whilom formerly; once; former
whin gorse; furze
whinger dirk or short sword
whinstone hard and compact rock
whinyard short sword
whipcat tailor
whipcord fabric with bold twill used for making dresses

whipjack whining beggar who pretends to be a sailor

whining Woman – Make a high-pitched, screeching noise

whining woman

Whining woman may even shout / Criticize on a blind to notice

Whining on a blind to notice


whippet a small tank
whippletree crosspiece of a carriage to which harnesses attached
whippy pliant; supple
whipsaw narrow saw for cutting timber lengthwise
whipstaff vertical lever controlling ship’s rudder
whipstall airplane stall causing nose to whip forward and down
whirret to give a sharp blow to
whiskerando a whiskered person
whiskerine beard-growing contest
whiss to hiss or whistle
whistler mythical bird whose whistle is fatal to the listener
whitecoat white-furred seal pup
whither to what place
whithersoever to any place whatsoever
whitherward toward what or which place
whitleather leather dressed with alum
whitlow abscess around a fingernail
whitster bleacher of cloth and clothing
whittawer one who makes saddles or harnesses
whittle a woollen shawl or blanket
whodunitry genre of writing poor mystery novels
wholestitch weaving stitch that fills in a pattern
whoreson bastard; whore’s son; term of contempt
whosoever every one who
wicket small door forming part of larger door of a church or castle
widdershins counterclockwise
widgeon freshwater duck
widget any small manufactured object
wieldless unmanageable
wigan stiff plain-woven cotton
wight a supernatural man-like being
wight nimble; strong; courageous
wilder to cause to stray
wilding that which grows without cultivation
williwaw sudden squall, tumult or disturbance
willowish of the colour of willow leaves
wimble instrument for boring holes; gimlet; auger
wimple cloth covering for head and neck worn by nuns
wincey plain or twilled cotton
windbound hindered from sailing by contrary winds
windcheater windproof jacket
windgall puffy swelling around a horse’s joints
windlass circuitous movement; indirect action
windlass winch used to raise a ship’s anchor
windle appliance for winding yarn
windlestraw anything light or insubstantial; feeble person
windrose diagram showing yearly wind strengths for a locality
windrow hay raked together into a line
windthrow the blowing over of trees by the wind
winglet a small wing
winkler one who extracts or forces something out little by little
winterbourne intermittent spring of water
winterim short winter term at a private school designed for personal study
winterkill to kill by exposure to cold
winze small ventilating shaft between two levels of a mine
wippen part of piano hammer raised when note played
wirble to whirl; to turn round and round
wiredraw to reduce fluid pressure by passing it through a small orifice
wirewove very fine quality of writing paper
wis to know, to believe
wiseacre someone who unduly assumes air of superior wisdom
wiseling one who pretends to be wise
wisent European bison
wisent extinct European bison
wisket a basket
wist to know
wistly longingly; earnestly
witchknot knot in hair supposedly tied by witches
witeless without fault; blameless
witenagemot early English national council
withal besides; therewith; nevertheless; with
withe elastic tool handle to save the hand from shock of blows
withe partition between chimney flues
witherling withered or decrepit person; an adversary
withinside on the interior of
withoutside on the exterior of
withy flexible; wiry and agile; willow

Witling one who utters markedly feeble witticisms

Witling a pretender to wit or smartness

witticaster a petty or inferior wit
wittol one who knows wife’s faithlessness and submits to it
witwanton to engage in irreverent wit
wive to take for a wife; to marry a woman

19 controlling woman accepts to change a man
wivern mythical two-legged winged monster
woad broad-leafed plant yielding blue dye
woggle ring of leather or plastic used to thread neckerchief
wold open tract of country
womanthrope a hater of women
womby hollow; capacious
wondermonger one who promises miracles
wonderwork prodigy; miracle; thaumaturgy
wone a dwelling-place; custom or habit
woning state of dwelling; dwelling-place
wontless unaccustomed
wood mad; insane; wild
woodmeal sawdust and other wood waste used as industrial filler
woodreeve overseer of a wood
woodshedding spontaneous barbershop singing
woodwose wild man of the woods, used in heraldry as supporter; satyr or faun
woofits an unwell feeling; depression
woolage untidy hair
woolbird sheep
woold to wind a rope or chain around
woolfell skin with the wool still on it
woolpack cirrocumulus cloud; a bale or bundle of wool
woolsack large wool-filled scarlet sack for the Lord Chancellor
woolsey cotton and wool blend
woolward with wool next to the skin as punishment
woonerf road in a residential district which uses various measures to calm traffic
woopie well-off older person
worcester fine wool
wordbound unable to find expression in words
wordbreak point of division in a word that runs onto the next line
wordish verbose
workerist one who supports worker’s rights
workshy hating or avoiding work; lazy
worksome industrious
worldling a person engrossed in concerns of the present world
wormcast spiral heap of earth left by burrowing worm
wormery place where worms are bred
wormil lump in the skin of an animal’s back
wormwood something bitter, galling, or grievous

worricow scarecrow; hobgoblin; frightening-looking person

airy clock screeching
frightening birch ravages
fearlessly, queen grieves

A swing and a miss.
Another swing and a miss.
I’ll knock her out yet!

worsement deterioration or deprecation of property without the owner’s consent
worsification the composition of bad poetry
wort any herb or vegetable
wort infusion of malt before fermentation
wortle perforated plate through which wire drawn to make thinner
woubit a small and shabby person
woundless harmless
woundy causing wounds; characterized by wounds
woundy excessively; extremely
wrack seaweed or wreckage cast up on shore
wrackful destructive

74 wrangle quarrel altercate

Wrangle haggle – To quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively

Wrangle – An angry dispute. An instance of intense argument (as in bargaining)

wrangle quarrel altercate two women

haggle – An instance of intense argument (as in bargaining). Wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc.). “Let’s not haggle over a few dollars”.
wranglership position of being a wrangler at Cambridge University
wrawl to caterwaul
wreakless unpunished
wretchock smallest or weakest of a brood
wrick to twist; to sprain; to strain
wright maker; repairer
wristlet wristband; small strap worn around the wrist
writative characterized by an inclination to write
writhled wrinkled; shriveled
wrongous unjust; wrongful
wroth wrathful; in commotion; stormy
wrox to decay; to rot

Wry – Humorously sarcastic or mocking. “with a wry Scottish wit”. Bent to one side. “a wry neck”.

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wuffler agricultural machine for turning and fluffing bales of hay
wurley a nest; an aboriginal hut
wurst large sausage
wurzel kind of beet
wuthering blowing strongly with a roaring sound
wye a Y-branching pipe or railroad track arrangement
wyn old English rune having value ‘w’
wynd narrow street or lane
wyrd the personification of fate or destiny

wanton – (adj.) undisciplined, lewd, lustful (Vicky’s wanton demeanor often made the frat guys next door very excited.)
Wanton describes something excessive, uncontrolled and sometimes even cruel. The principal sees a food fight as a wanton act of vandalism done with wanton disregard for the rules, but the kids might just see it as fun.

Wanton comes from the Old English wan- “lacking” and togen “to train, discipline,” in other words, “lacking in discipline.” Wanton extravagance is excessive and uncontrolled, whereas a wanton act of terrorism is random and intentionally cruel. Sometimes in older novels, you will see wanton used as a disapproving term to describe a sexually active women, a usage that is considered old-fashioned today.

Wanton immoral unchaste lewd

wily – Did you fall for that wily door to door salesman’s pitch? He must be very slick and tricky to have convinced you to buy a set of new tires, considering you don’t have a car.

How can you remember the meaning of the adjective wily? Just think about the old Warner Brothers Looney Tunes cartoons. Their aptly named cartoon character, Wile E. Coyote, got his name from a clever play on words. Wile E. is supposed to be cunning, crafty, and clever — in other words, wily. Wile E. is all those things, but unfortunately he was usually bested by that pesky roadrunner anyway. Meep. Meep.

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winnow – Select desirable parts from a group or list

winnow the finalists from the long list of applicants

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winsome – (adj.) charming, pleasing (After such a long, frustrating day, I was grateful for Chris’s winsome attitude and childish naivete.)
If you are described as winsome, take it as a compliment. It means you are attractive or charming in an open and delightful way. It doesn’t mean you win some and you lose some.

The word winsome comes from the Old English wynn which means pleasure and delight. The word sometimes carries with it a feeling of childlike joy or innocence that is attractive or pleasing to others. There is nothing hiding behind a winsome smile. It wins over others in a fresh and honest way.


Bonding with son

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Wispy – Lacking clarity or distinctness

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wispy – Thin and weak

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wistful – (adj.) full of yearning; musingly sad (Since her pet rabbit died, Edda missed it terribly and was wistful all day long.) Wistful – Showing pensive sadness. “the sensitive and wistful response of a poet to the gentler phases of beauty”.

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wizened – (adj.) dry, shrunken, wrinkled (Agatha’s grandmother, Stephanie, had the most wizened countenance, full of leathery wrinkles.)

wheedling – The act of urging by means of teasing or flattery.

wheedling act of urging by teasing flattery

Whiffle – to flourish a sword in sword dancing so as to produce a whistling sound. Whiffling may have its origin in the efforts of ancients to clear the dance area of evil spirits. Not every dance area, of course: sword dance areas. Sword dances – traditional folk dances featuring men and swords – have a long and glorious history. These days, you can see (and hear) whiffling in the circular “guerrilla” dances of Turkey and the Balkans and in the Balkan “rusalia” fertility dance.

Wont – An established custom

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Wrested – “wrest the knife from his hands”; “wrest a meaning from the old text”; “wrest power from the old government”

73 wrested victory by violence


writhed – To move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling). “The prisoner writhed in discomfort”

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writhed twisted neck SKMClasses

Writhed twisted man opening screws

Men are like writhed twisted golfclub