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wispy

Short Definition : thin; slight; barely discernible

Definition
(adj) thin and weak
Synonyms : wisplike
Example Sentence
  • a wispy little fellow with small hands and feet
Definition
(adj) lacking clarity or distinctness
Synonyms : dim faint shadowy vague
Example Sentence
  • a dim figure in the distance
  • only a faint recollection
  • shadowy figures in the gloom
  • saw a vague outline of a building through the fog
  • a few wispy memories of childhood
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for wispy

whispy=whisper...which is barely discernible..

Whisp for its second meaning...wispy sounds like WHISKY..u drink tht daily u become thin n weak..

see spy in the word. spy is hidden always, so it's barely discernible.

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when the chips are WISPY they are more CRISPY

Wispy and risky or better still... wisp and risk...the wisp of smoke could be showing a risk of fire.

Wispy- Wiskey.. once we drink it.. we wont speak clearly...barely discerning.. lacking clarity

wistful

Short Definition : sadly thoughtful (because of desires or memories); sadly pensive; vaguely longing

Definition
(adj) showing pensive sadness
Synonyms : pensive
Example Sentence
  • the sensitive and wistful response of a poet to the gentler phases of beauty
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for wistful

Wistful and Wishful...Wistful = Full of longing or unfulfilled desire. Wishful = Seeking advancement or recognition.

wistful ~ wristful ..havent u ever longed to have ur wrist full of bangles?

Wistful : like full of waste; Becoming sad; while rememberring

He was holding his head resting on WRIST showing that he was wistful like THE THINKER by rodin . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thinker

too many wishes makes a person wistful

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Wish Fool:He or she was foolish enough to made an impossible wish

"Wasteful" - You become sad when you see how wasteful humans are.

wishful—a person is wishful, he wishes that he should have worked hard in the past.. so the meaning

with full - thinking about it sadly

withdrawn

Short Definition : introverted; retiring; remote remote/distant in manner; aloof

Definition
(adj) withdrawn from society; seeking solitude
Synonyms : recluse reclusive
Example Sentence
  • lived an unsocial reclusive life
Definition
(adj) tending to reserve or introspection
Synonyms : indrawn
Example Sentence
  • a quiet indrawn man
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for withdrawn

After withdrawing oneself from societal association, one gets withdrawn/aloof/unsociable.

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With + draw, taken along with straw...you can DRAW water from a glass WITH a STRAW.

wither

Short Definition : (of a plant) dry up from loss of moisture; lose freshness; shrivel; decay

Definition
(verb) wither, as with a loss of moisture
Example Sentence
  • The fruit dried and shriveled
Definition
(verb) lose freshness, vigor, or vitality
Synonyms : fade
Example Sentence
  • Her bloom was fading
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for wither

wither = with + her when a lover wants to spend time with her, generally his money is going to decay ;

Wither and batter both sound the same and both mean, to deteriorate.

withhold

Short Definition : refuse to give; hold back; Ex. withholding tax

Definition
(verb) hold back; refuse to hand over or share
Synonyms : keep back
Example Sentence
  • The father is withholding the allowance until the son cleans his room
Definition
(verb) retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments
Synonyms : deduct recoup
Example Sentence
  • My employer is withholding taxes
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for withhold

with+hold....if you hold back the library book and refuse to return it on time...you are withholding it.

withstand

Short Definition : stand up against; resist successfully

Definition
(verb) resist or confront with resistance
Synonyms : defy hold hold up
Example Sentence
  • The politician defied public opinion
  • The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear
  • The bridge held
Definition
(verb) stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for withstand

With + stand...you firmly stand your ground (withstand) even though there is strong opposition.

witless

Short Definition : lacking intelligence or wit; foolish; idiotic

Definition
(adj) (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for witless

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witless = WITh LESS brain, means foolish

wit(clever perception)+less....a person lacking the ability to percieve things cleverly.

think of WITTU oru wittum ellatha jeevidam endhu maduppanu????? really stupid one

witticism

Short Definition : witty saying; wisecrack(clever joking remark)

Definition
(noun) a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
Synonyms : humor humour wit wittiness
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for witticism

Witticism rhymes with critisism. Witticism is a clever remark and critisism is a critical remark, pointing of a fault.

witch will make clever joking remark about her magic

"cis" means to cut... to cut something, you must be sharp so witticisms are sharply witty.

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