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Definitions and meaning of waif



  • (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /weɪf/
  • Rhymes: -eɪf

Etymology 1

The noun is derived from Late Middle English weif (ownerless property subject to seizure and forfeiture; the right of such seizure and forfeiture; revenues obtained from such seizure and forfeiture) [and other forms], from Anglo-Norman waif, weif [and other forms] (compare Anglo-Latin waivum [and other forms], Medieval Latin waivium), possibly from Old French waif, a variant of gaif, gayf (property that is lost and unclaimed; of property: lost and unclaimed) (Norman) [and other forms], probably from a North Germanic source such as Old Norse veif (flag; waving thing), from Proto-Germanic *waif-, from Proto-Indo-European *weyp- (to oscillate, swing).

The verb is derived from the noun.


waif (plural waifs)

  1. (Britain, law, archaic) Often in the form waif and stray, waifs and strays: an article of movable property found of which the owner is not known, such as goods washed up on a beach or thrown away by an absconding thief; such items belong to the Crown, which may grant the right of ownership to them to a lord of a manor.
  2. (figuratively)
    1. Something found, especially if without an owner; something which comes along, as it were, by chance.
    2. A person (especially a child) who is homeless and without means of support; also, a person excluded from society; an outcast.
      Synonyms: see Thesaurus:vagabond
    3. (by extension) A very thin person.
      Synonyms: see Thesaurus:thin person
      Antonyms: see Thesaurus:fat person
    4. (by extension, botany) A plant introduced in a place outside its native range but is not persistently naturalized.
Derived terms
  • waifish
  • waifishly
  • waifishness
  • waiflike
Related terms
  • waive


waif (third-person singular simple present waifs, present participle waifing, simple past and past participle waifed)

  1. (intransitive) To be cast aside or rejected, and thus become a waif.

Etymology 2

Possibly from Old Norse veif (flag; waving thing); see further at etymology 1.


waif (plural waifs)

  1. (nautical, chiefly whaling, historical) A small flag used as a signal.
Related terms
  • waff
  • waft
  • wheft

Etymology 3

Origin unknown; possibly related to the following words:

  • waff (waving movement; gust or puff of air or wind; odour, scent; slight blow; slight attack of illness; glimpse; apparition, wraith; of the wind: to cause (something) to move to and fro; to flutter or wave to and fro in the wind; to produce a current of air by waving, to fan) (Northern England, Scotland), a variant of waive (etymology 2) or wave (see further at those entries).
  • Middle English wef, weffe (bad odour, stench, stink; exhalation; vapour; tendency of something to go bad (?)) [and other forms], possibly a variant of either:
    • waf, waif, waife (odour, scent),, possibly from waven (to move to and fro, sway, wave; to stray, wander; to move in a weaving manner; (figuratively) to hesitate, vacillate), from Old English wafian (to wave), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *webʰ- (to braid, weave); or
    • wef (a blow, stroke), from weven (to travel, wander; to move to and fro, flutter, waver; to blow something away, waft; to cause something to move; to fall; to cut deeply; to sever; to give up, yield; to give deference to; to avoid; to afflict, trouble; to beckon, signal); further etymology uncertain, perhaps from Old English wefan (to weave) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *webʰ- (to braid, weave)), or from -wǣfan (see bewǣfan, ymbwǣfan).


waif (plural waifs)

  1. Something (such as clouds or smoke) carried aloft by the wind.


Further reading

  • waif and stray on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Middle English



  1. Alternative form of weif

Source: wiktionary.org
  • WAIATA, (Maori) a Maori song.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)