5 letter word starting with wh

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whaap noun The European curlew; — called also awp, whaup, great whaup, and stock whaup., The whimbrel; — called also May whaup, little whaup, and tang whaup.
whack verb t. To strike; to beat; to give a heavy or resounding blow to; to thrash; to make with whacks., To strike anything with a smart blow., A smart resounding blow.
whala verb t. To lash with stripes; to wale; to thrash; to drub.
whale noun Any aquatic mammal of the order Cetacea, especially any one of the large species, some of which become nearly one hundred feet long. Whales are hunted chiefly for their oil and baleen, or whalebone.
whall noun A light color of the iris in horses; wall-eye.
whame noun A breeze fly.
whang noun A leather thong., To beat.
wharf noun A structure or platform of timber, masonry, iron, earth, or other material, built on the shore of a harbor, river, canal, or the like, and usually extending from the shore to deep water, so that vessels may lie close alongside to receive and discharge cargo, passengers, etc.; a quay; a pier., The bank of a river, or the shore of the sea., To guard or secure by a firm wall of timber or stone constructed like a wharf; to furnish with a wharf or wharfs., To place upon a wharf; to bring to a wharf.
wharl noun Alt. of Wharling
wharp noun A kind of fine sand from the banks of the Trent, used as a polishing powder.
whaul noun Same as Whall.
whaup noun See Whaap.
wheal noun A pustule; a whelk., A more or less elongated mark raised by a stroke; also, a similar mark made by any cause; a weal; a wale., Specifically (Med.), a flat, burning or itching eminence on the skin, such as is produced by a mosquito bite, or in urticaria., A mine.
wheat noun A cereal grass (Triticum vulgare) and its grain, which furnishes a white flour for bread, and, next to rice, is the grain most largely used by the human race.
wheel noun A circular frame turning about an axis; a rotating disk, whether solid, or a frame composed of an outer rim, spokes or radii, and a central hub or nave, in which is inserted the axle, — used for supporting and conveying vehicles, in machinery, and for various purposes; as, the wheel of a wagon, of a locomotive, of a mill, of a watch, etc., Any instrument having the form of, or chiefly consisting of, a wheel., A spinning wheel. See under Spinning., An instrument of torture formerly used., A circular frame having handles on the periphery, and an axle which is so connected with the tiller as to form a means of controlling the rudder for the purpose of steering., A potter’s wheel. See under Potter., A firework which, while burning, is caused to revolve on an axis by the reaction of the escaping gases., The burden or refrain of a song., A bicycle or a tricycle; a velocipede., A rolling or revolving body; anything of a circular form; a disk; an orb., A turn revolution; rotation; compass., To convey on wheels, or in a wheeled vehicle; as, to wheel a load of hay or wood., To put into a rotatory motion; to cause to turn or revolve; to cause to gyrate; to make or perform in a circle., To turn on an axis, or as on an axis; to revolve; to more about; to rotate; to gyrate., To change direction, as if revolving upon an axis or pivot; to turn; as, the troops wheeled to the right., To go round in a circuit; to fetch a compass., To roll forward.
wheen noun A quantity; a goodly number.
wheft noun See Waft, n., 4.
whelk noun Any one numerous species of large marine gastropods belonging to Buccinum and allied genera; especially, Buccinum undatum, common on the coasts both of Europe and North America, and much used as food in Europe., A papule; a pustule; acne., A stripe or mark; a ridge; a wale.
whelm verb t. To cover with water or other fluid; to cover by immersion in something that envelops on all sides; to overwhelm; to ingulf., Fig.: To cover completely, as if with water; to immerse; to overcome; as, to whelm one in sorrows., To throw (something) over a thing so as to cover it.
whelp noun One of the young of a dog or a beast of prey; a puppy; a cub; as, a lion’s whelps., A child; a youth; — jocosely or in contempt., One of the longitudinal ribs or ridges on the barrel of a capstan or a windless; — usually in the plural; as, the whelps of a windlass., One of the teeth of a sprocket wheel., To bring forth young; — said of the female of the dog and some beasts of prey., To bring forth, as cubs or young; to give birth to.
where pronoun & conj. Whether., At or in what place; hence, in what situation, position, or circumstances; — used interrogatively., At or in which place; at the place in which; hence, in the case or instance in which; — used relatively., To what or which place; hence, to what goal, result, or issue; whither; — used interrogatively and relatively; as, where are you going?, Whereas., Place; situation.
which adjective Of what sort or kind; what; what a; who., A interrogative pronoun, used both substantively and adjectively, and in direct and indirect questions, to ask for, or refer to, an individual person or thing among several of a class; as, which man is it? which woman was it? which is the house? he asked which route he should take; which is best, to live or to die? See the Note under What, pron., 1., A relative pronoun, used esp. in referring to an antecedent noun or clause, but sometimes with reference to what is specified or implied in a sentence, or to a following noun or clause (generally involving a reference, however, to something which has preceded). It is used in all numbers and genders, and was formerly used of persons., A compound relative or indefinite pronoun, standing for any one which, whichever, that which, those which, the . . . which, and the like; as, take which you will.
whiff noun A sudden expulsion of air from the mouth; a quick puff or slight gust, as of air or smoke., A glimpse; a hasty view., The marysole, or sail fluke., To throw out in whiffs; to consume in whiffs; to puff., To carry or convey by a whiff, or as by a whiff; to puff or blow away., To emit whiffs, as of smoke; to puff.
while noun Space of time, or continued duration, esp. when short; a time; as, one while we thought him innocent., That which requires time; labor; pains., To cause to pass away pleasantly or without irksomeness or disgust; to spend or pass; — usually followed by away., To loiter., During the time that; as long as; whilst; at the same time that; as, while I write, you sleep., Hence, under which circumstances; in which case; though; whereas., Until; till.
whilk noun A kind of mollusk, a whelk., The scoter., Which.
whine verb i. To utter a plaintive cry, as some animals; to moan with a childish noise; to complain, or to tell of sorrow, distress, or the like, in a plaintive, nasal tone; hence, to complain or to beg in a mean, unmanly way; to moan basely., To utter or express plaintively, or in a mean, unmanly way; as, to whine out an excuse., A plaintive tone; the nasal, childish tone of mean complaint; mean or affected complaint.
whipt imp. & past participle Whipped.
whirl verb t. To turn round rapidly; to cause to rotate with velocity; to make to revolve., To remove or carry quickly with, or as with, a revolving motion; to snatch; to harry., To be turned round rapidly; to move round with velocity; to revolve or rotate with great speed; to gyrate., To move hastily or swiftly., A turning with rapidity or velocity; rapid rotation or circumvolution; quick gyration; rapid or confusing motion; as, the whirl of a top; the whirl of a wheel., Anything that moves with a whirling motion., A revolving hook used in twisting, as the hooked spindle of a rope machine, to which the threads to be twisted are attached., A whorl. See Whorl.
whisk noun A game at cards; whist., The act of whisking; a rapid, sweeping motion, as of something light; a sudden motion or quick puff., A small bunch of grass, straw, twigs, hair, or the like, used for a brush; hence, a brush or small besom, as of broom corn., A small culinary instrument made of wire, or the like, for whisking or beating eggs, cream, etc., A kind of cape, forming part of a woman’s dress., An impertinent fellow., A plane used by coopers for evening chines., To sweep, brush, or agitate, with a light, rapid motion; as, to whisk dust from a table; to whisk the white of eggs into a froth., To move with a quick, sweeping motion., To move nimbly at with velocity; to make a sudden agile movement.
whisp noun See Wisp., A flock of snipe.
whist interj. Be silent; be still; hush; silence., A certain game at cards; — so called because it requires silence and close attention. It is played by four persons (those who sit opposite each other being partners) with a complete pack of fifty-two cards. Each player has thirteen cards, and when these are played out, he hand is finished, and the cards are again shuffled and distributed., To hush or silence., To be or become silent or still; to be hushed or mute., Not speaking; not making a noise; silent; mute; still; quiet.
white superl. Reflecting to the eye all the rays of the spectrum combined; not tinted with any of the proper colors or their mixtures; having the color of pure snow; snowy; — the opposite of black or dark; as, white paper; a white skin., Destitute of color, as in the cheeks, or of the tinge of blood color; pale; pallid; as, white with fear., Having the color of purity; free from spot or blemish, or from guilt or pollution; innocent; pure., Gray, as from age; having silvery hair; hoary., Characterized by freedom from that which disturbs, and the like; fortunate; happy; favorable., Regarded with especial favor; favorite; darling., The color of pure snow; one of the natural colors of bodies, yet not strictly a color, but a composition of all colors; the opposite of black; whiteness. See the Note under Color, n., 1., Something having the color of snow; something white, or nearly so; as, the white of the eye., Specifically, the central part of the butt in archery, which was formerly painted white; the center of a mark at which a missile is shot., A person with a white skin; a member of the white, or Caucasian, races of men., A white pigment; as, Venice white., Any one of numerous species of butterflies belonging to Pieris, and allied genera in which the color is usually white. See Cabbage butterfly, under Cabbage., To make white; to whiten; to whitewash; to bleach.
whole adjective Containing the total amount, number, etc.; comprising all the parts; free from deficiency; all; total; entire; as, the whole earth; the whole solar system; the whole army; the whole nation., Complete; entire; not defective or imperfect; not broken or fractured; unimpaired; uninjured; integral; as, a whole orange; the egg is whole; the vessel is whole., Possessing, or being in a state of, heath and soundness; healthy; sound; well., The entire thing; the entire assemblage of parts; totality; all of a thing, without defect or exception; a thing complete in itself., A regular combination of parts; a system.
whoop noun The hoopoe., To utter a whoop, or loud cry, as eagerness, enthusiasm, or enjoyment; to cry out; to shout; to halloo; to utter a war whoop; to hoot, as an owl., To cough or breathe with a sonorous inspiration, as in whooping cough., To insult with shouts; to chase with derision., A shout of pursuit or of war; a very of eagerness, enthusiasm, enjoyment, vengeance, terror, or the like; an halloo; a hoot, or cry, as of an owl., A loud, shrill, prolonged sound or sonorous inspiration, as in whooping cough.
whoot verb i. To hoot.
whore noun A woman who practices unlawful sexual commerce with men, especially one who prostitutes her body for hire; a prostitute; a harlot., To have unlawful sexual intercourse; to practice lewdness., To worship false and impure gods., To corrupt by lewd intercourse; to make a whore of; to debauch.
whorl noun & verb A circle of two or more leaves, flowers, or other organs, about the same part or joint of a stem., A volution, or turn, of the spire of a univalve shell., The fly of a spindle.
whort noun The whortleberry, or bilberry. See Whortleberry (a).
whose pronoun The possessive case of who or which. See Who, and Which.
whoso pronoun Whosoever.
whurt noun See Whort.