common Germanic consonantal combination, especially to start words implying twisting or distortion. Retained in Dutch and Flemish; reduced to -r- in Old High German and Old Norse; represented by vr- in Danish and Swedish; still spelled -wr- in English, but except in dialects the -w- ceased to be pronounced c.1450-1700.

Nearby words

  1. wpi,
  2. wpm,
  3. wpn,
  4. wppsi,
  5. wr,
  6. wra,
  7. wraac,
  8. wraaf,
  9. wrac,
  10. wrack

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper