Wai vs Waif - What's the difference?

wai | waif |


As a noun waif is

(obsolete) goods found of which the owner is not known; originally, such goods as a pursued thief threw away to prevent being apprehended, which belonged to the king unless the owner made pursuit of the felon, took him, and brought him to justice.

wai

English

Etymology 1

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Noun

(en noun)
  • A Thai greeting wherein the palms are brought together in front of the face or chest, sometimes accompanied with a bow.
  • Etymology 2

    Phonetic respelling of why.

    Adverb

    (-)
  • (label) why (a purposeful misspelling)
  • Conjunction

    (en-conjunction)
  • (label) why (a purposeful misspelling)
  • Anagrams

    * * ---- ==Aka-Bea==

    Adverb

    (head)
  • indeed
  • References

    * Edward Horace Man, A Dictionary of the South Andaman (Aka-Bea) language (1923) ---- =='Are'are==

    Noun

    (head)
  • fresh water
  • Antonyms

    *

    References

    * Blust's Austronesian Comparative Dictionary ----

    waif

    English

    (Webster 1913)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) Goods found of which the owner is not known; originally, such goods as a pursued thief threw away to prevent being apprehended, which belonged to the king unless the owner made pursuit of the felon, took him, and brought him to justice.
  • (obsolete) Hence, anything found, or without an owner; that which comes along, as it were, by chance.
  • A wanderer; a castaway; a stray; a homeless child.
  • * 1912 : (Edgar Rice Burroughs), (Tarzan of the Apes), Chapter 5
  • Tenderly Kala nursed her little waif , wondering silently why it did not gain strength and agility as did the little apes of other mothers. It was nearly a year from the time the little fellow came into her possession before he would walk alone, and as for climbing--my, but how stupid he was!
  • A plant that has been introduced but is not persistently naturalized.
  • See also

    * waft