noun, plural W's or Ws, w's or ws.
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Examples from the Web for w
“[W]hen the going got tough, his economic team picked Wall Street,” Warren said.
“By 2013, I had accepted my role as the… camouflage,” Williams said in an interview with W magazine.
At first glance, the late Sir Ernest Gowers looks—to put it bluntly—like a bit of a W——-.
Risking eye rolls from D.C. residents, the rooftop bar at the W Hotel still offers one of the best views of the city.
“[W]hen a novelist finds an audience, even a small one … the relation is based on recognition, not misunderstanding,” he writes.
Caze I ain' use ter de po' w'ite trash en dey ain' use ter me.The Battle Ground|Ellen Glasgow
In these words the w has grown out of a g, as may be seen from the Anglo-Saxon forms.The English Language|Robert Gordon Latham
The corresponding point midway between N and W (to the left) is north-west.Man on the Ocean|R.M. Ballantyne
It's the w'y they goes on as mykes the Government keep ye from gettin' yer rights.Votes for Women|Elizabeth Robins
W'y does any woman tyke less wyges than a man for the same work?The Convert|Elizabeth Robins
British Dictionary definitions for w (1 of 4)
noun plural w's, W's or Ws
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Word Origin and History for w
not in the Roman alphabet, but the Modern English sound it represents is close to the devocalized consonant expressed by Roman -U- or -V-. In Old English, this originally was written -uu-, but by 8c. began to be expressed by the runic character wyn (Kentish wen), which looked like this: ƿ (the character is a late addition to the online font set and doesn't display properly on many computers, so it's something like a cross between lower-case -p- and a reversed -y-). In 11c., Norman scribes introduced -w-, a ligatured doubling of Roman -u- which had been used on the continent for the Germanic "w" sound, and wyn disappeared c.1300. -W- is not properly a letter in the modern French alphabet, and it is used there only in borrowed foreign words, e.g. wagon, weekend, Western, whisky, wombat.