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willowy

Short Definition : flexible; pliant; slender; CF. willow

Definition
(adj) slender and graceful
Synonyms : gracile
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for willowy

remember the serial 'Will and Grace'

will+low+y..so a person whose WILL power is very low...HENCE FLEXIBLE...AND PLIANT.

willow: remember it as PILLOW which is flexible....

Wallow means to roll about...a person who is WILLOWY can WALLOW easily coz he is lithe and slender

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Willow (without the 'y')... is a tree which sways gracefully in the breeze.

if you want to play graceful shots in cricket !!!!!! you need a good"willow"

willow y =pillow y..cos pillow is flexible

wilt

Short Definition : loose freshness; droop

Definition
(noun) any plant disease characterized by drooping and shriveling; usually caused by parasites attacking the roots
Synonyms : wilt disease
Definition
(noun) causing to become limp or drooping
Synonyms : wilting
Definition
(verb) lose strength
Example Sentence
  • My opponent was wilting
Definition
(verb) become limp
Synonyms : droop
Example Sentence
  • The flowers wilted
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for wilt

Wilt and tilt sound the same and they both mean, to droop.

Sounds like Will it...will it loose its strength and disclose everything about the conspiracy to us?

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It's will to(WILLIT) withstand lossing strength

Jus remove 'l' from wilt so its wit..this means knowledge..konwledge is always fresh as new things come in to existance...so WIL(loose)T so loosing knowledge i.e., loosing freshness..Simple!!

wil t...if u r tired den u have to take tea.. I am tired i WIL take T

wily

Short Definition : crafty; cunning; artful; N. wile: deceitful stratagem

Definition
(adj) marked by skill in deception
Example Sentence
  • cunning men often pass for wise
  • deep political machinations
  • a foxy scheme
  • a slick evasive answer
  • sly as a fox
  • tricky Dick
  • a wily old attorney
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for wily

wily - வில்லி... in tamil...villy means villain, artful, cunning

sounds like willy which means someone who wants to fulfill his will by any means. He has to be clever to do so.

Wiley Coyote tried to trick Road Runner. (cartoon)

WILY=WILling to trick people what anyone wants to have

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WILLY(a lot of will)...WILY people are cunning

Pronounced opposite..it is 'evil'

its look lilly .lilly is crafty,artfull girl

wily is like witty witty ppl can be crafty, artful, cunning

sounds like silly(meaning foolish and dumb): so wily is the opposite of silly meaning artful and cunning.

wil+y : one who has a wil and can do anything to complete his wil, WILY

i will memorise it as WILLY as BILLY, as when billy mkes amew sound ,its very CUNNING to me.

Wily and slily, both are similar and they mean, cunning.

it sounds like willy of willy wonka movie , in which he decepts people

wily( vie + lily ) : he vies but puts lily flower in ear... cunning

wily = (West Indies) + lying.west indies bowlers are always using tricky method to fool the opposition batsman.

wince

Short Definition : move back suddenly; shrink back; flinch; Ex. She winced as she touched the cold body.

Definition
(noun) the facial expression of sudden pain Definition
(noun) a reflex response to sudden pain
Synonyms : flinch
Definition
(verb) draw back, as with fear or pain
Example Sentence
  • she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf
Definition
(verb) make a face indicating disgust or dislike
Example Sentence
  • She winced when she heard his pompous speech
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for wince

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when opposite party WINS our faCES becomes wince

Wince and pinch sound somewhat similar....you winced when you were pinched.

it is similarly to rinse ,rinse means drown up.So we will move back,or shrink because of fear.

Remember Expressions of Vince McMahon from WWE...So like the vince ..Wince

if vince mc man attacks u, u shrink

when press people try to come close to PRINCE william.he WINCED.

wince:- win becomes cement i.e it becomes tough.

Think past tense of win is wince, now the win at past becomes discolour.

win ce ..to win position of chief engg u have to move back suddenly

rinse you will move back in sudden fear on soap may fall in eyes

windfall

Short Definition : fallen fruit; unexpected lucky event

Definition
(noun) fruit that has fallen from the tree Definition
(noun) a sudden happening that brings good fortune (as a sudden opportunity to make money)
Example Sentence
  • the demand for testing has created a boom for those unregulated laboratories where boxes of specimen jars are processed like an assembly line
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for windfall

WIND+FALL......When the WIND blows, fruits FALL .

winnow

Short Definition : sift; separate the chaff from grain by blowing; separate good parts from bad; CF. wind

Definition
(noun) the act of separating grain from chaff
Synonyms : sifting winnowing
Example Sentence
  • the winnowing was done by women
Definition
(verb) separate the chaff from by using air currents
Synonyms : fan
Example Sentence
  • She stood there winnowing chaff all day in the field
Definition
(verb) blow on
Example Sentence
  • The wind was winnowing her hair
  • the wind winnowed the grass
Definition
(verb) select desirable parts from a group or list
Synonyms : cull out
Example Sentence
  • cull out the interesting letters from the poet's correspondence
  • winnow the finalists from the long list of applicants
Definition
(verb) blow away or off with a current of air
Example Sentence
  • winnow chaff
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for winnow

WINd + NOW = WINNOW so, the blowing wind helps to separate the CHAFF.

WIN NOW will separate you from looser

sounds like binno (hindi)- sift

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its like window,when window is opened the chaff or mud or dust will be cleaned or get seperated

Win + now... you can win now...or win + owing...owing to something you could win a prize.

Winnow=Wind the minnow (the lesse one the chalf) form the grain.

winnow = win + now i.e winning is easy when u r good in something...therefore winnow is to separate good things from bad

winsome

Short Definition : charming (in a childlike way); agreeable; gracious; engaging

Definition
(adj) charming in a childlike or naive way
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for winsome

winsome: you can win some one only if you are charming and attractive..

winsome = handsome.... so easy

remember swayamvar in ramayana or mahabharatha. in that a man wins a wife by winning a competition. So if a girl is charming and attractive, she is winsome(one who deserves to be won in svayamvar)

'w' (we) + agree + 'in' + 'some' + matters = winsome (which means aggreeable)

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WIN+SOME... if you win a ticket to a disco with a charming actress, you will graciously accept the invitation.

win some one's heart by agreeing to what they say :)

wisp

Short Definition : small bunch (of hair); faint streak (of smoke)

Definition
(noun) a small tuft or lock
Example Sentence
  • wisps of hair
Definition
(noun) a small person
Example Sentence
  • a mere wisp of a girl
Definition
(noun) a small bundle of straw or hay Definition
(noun) a flock of snipe
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for wisp

when I whisper in her ear, I can feel the WISPS of hair tickling my face.

Zephyr(Gentle Breeze(sounds like "Hisssss")) makes the small bunch of hair(WISP) of the kid swing!!!

whispering means making low (small) sound, wisp means small bundle of hair or straw

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