A to Z Challenge: W
Definition: witty or joking.
Sentence: Dinner, however, came, and the little waggish doctor could not, for the life of him, avoid his jokes.
— William Carleton
Definition: a homeless child especially one forsaken or orphaned.
Sentence: Had they not been poor children, little waifs, they would not have been locked in the cabin to perish like rats.
— Eugene V. Debs
Definition: lacking vitality as from weariness or illness or unhappiness.
Sentence: Tom was leaning back, pale and exhausted, his breath was short, his face gray, wan and wasted.
—Mrs. Henry Wood
Definition: a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number).
Sentence: India’s biggest producer, reported an 89 percent decline in second-quarter group profit because of waning demand and higher raw material costs at its European operations.
— Business Week (Nov 10, 2011)
Definition: a confused multitude of things.
Sentence: Of the nonseafood starters, artichoke hearts were slightly lost in a welter of cherry peppers, cubed eggplant, pine nuts and bits of chèvre.
— New York Times (Apr 7, 2012)