w

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Translingual

Alternative forms

  • uu, vv (obsolete)

Letter

w (upper case W)

  1. The twenty-third letter of the basic modern Latin alphabet.
  2. The first letter of callsigns allocated to American broadcast television and radio stations east of the Mississippi river.

Pronunciation

Symbol

w

  1. (IPA) voiced labial-velar approximant

Gallery

See also

  • (Latin script):  Aa  Bb  Cc  Dd  Ee  Ff  Gg  Hh  Ii  Jj  Kk  Ll  Mm  Nn  Oo  Pp  Qq  Rr  Sſs  Tt  Uu  Vv  Ww  Xx  Yy  Zz
  • (Variations of letter W):  Ẃẃ  Ẁẁ  Ŵŵ  Ẅẅ  Ẇẇ  Ẉẉ  W̊ẘ  Ⱳⱳ  ᴡ  Ww
  • (Letter combinations):  Ꜳꜳ  Ææ  ᴁᴭ  Ǽǽ  Ǣǣ  Ꜵꜵ  Åå  Ꜷꜷ  Ꜹꜹ  Ꜻꜻ  Ꜽꜽ  ct  ȸ  DZDzdz  DŽDždž  ᴂᵆ  ᴔ  &  ff  fi  ffi  fl  ffl  ℔  IJij  LJLjlj  Ỻỻ  Ŋŋ  NJNjnj  Œœ  ɶ  Ꝏꝏ  Ȣȣᴕ  ȹ  ẞß  ſtst  ᵫ  Ůů  Ww  Ꝡꝡ
  • Turned: ʍ
  • Ƿ
  • ʬ

Other representations of W:


English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈdʌbl̩.juː/, /ˈdʌb.juː/, /ˈdʌb.jə/, /ˈdʌb/, /ˈdʌbz/
  • IPA(key): /w/
  • Rhymes: -ʌbjə, -ʌb
  • Rhymes: -ʌbəlju

Letter

w (lower case, upper case W, plural ws or w's)

  1. The twenty-third letter of the English alphabet, called double-u and written in the Latin script.

See also

  • (Latin-script letters) letter; A a, B b, C c, D d, E e, F f, G g, H h, I i, J j, K k, L l, M m, N n, O o, P p, Q q, R r, S s, T t, U u, V v, W w, X x, Y y, Z z

Noun

w

  1. watt
  2. west
  3. witness
  4. work
  5. wanker
  6. Abbreviation of win.

Adjective

w

  1. (cricket) wide
  2. white

Preposition

w

  1. (text messaging) Alternative form of w/
  2. with a wing (on the Enneagram)
    When Sharon took the Enneagram test, she came out as a 3w2.

Basque

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ube bikoi̯t͡s̻/, [u.β̞e̞ β̞i.ko̞i̯t͡s̻]

Letter

w (lower case, upper case W)

  1. The twenty-fourth letter of the Basque alphabet, called uve bikoitz and written in the Latin script.

Usage notes

  • Used chiefly in recent loanwords and foreign proper nouns.

See also

  • (Latin-script letters) A a, B b, C c (Ç ç), D d, E e, F f, G g, H h, I i, J j, K k, L l, M m, N n, Ñ ñ, O o, P p, Q q, R r, S s, T t, U u (Ü ü), V v, W w, X x, Y y, Z z

Danish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /dɔbəlveː/, [ˈd̥ʌb̥əlˌveːˀ]

Letter

w (uppercase W)

  1. the twenty-third letter of the Danish alphabet

See also

  • (Latin-script letters) bogstav; A a (Á á), B b, C c, D d, E e (É é), F f, G g, H h, I i (Í í), J j, K k, L l, M m, N n, O o (Ó ó), P p, Q q, R r, S s, T t, U u (Ú ú), V v, W w, X x, Y y (Ý ý), Z z, Æ æ (Ǽ ǽ), Ø ø (Ǿ ǿ), Å å (Ǻ ǻ)



Dutch

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -eː
  • (letter name): IPA(key): /ʋeː/

Letter

w (lower case, upper case W)

  1. The twenty-third letter of the Dutch alphabet.

See also

  • Previous letter: v
  • Next letter: x

Egyptian

Pronunciation

  • (modern Egyptological) IPA(key): /uː/
    • Conventional anglicization: u

Particle

 enclitic

  1. (Old Egyptian) not; used to negate the subjunctive or prospective in wishes and commands

Alternative forms

Noun

 m

  1. area, district
  2. administrative district
  3. nome [since the New Kingdom]

Inflection

Alternative forms

Pronoun

 sg 1. enclitic (‘dependent’) pronoun

  1. Alternative form of wj (I, me)

References

  • Erman, Adolf; Grapow, Hermann (1926) Wörterbuch der ägyptischen Sprache, volume 1, Berlin: Akademie-Verlag, →ISBN, page 243.1–243.8
  • James P[eter] Allen (2010) Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs, 2nd edition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, 198, 415 page 51, 198, 415.

Finnish

Pronunciation

Letter

w (lower case, upper case W)

  1. A letter of the Finnish alphabet, called kaksoisvee and written in the Latin script.

Usage notes

  • In the Finnish alphabet, w is a variant of v.
  • Used only in loanwords and proper names with old spelling.

See also

  • (Latin-script letters) kirjain; A a, B b, C c, D d, E e, F f, G g, H h, I i, J j, K k, L l, M m, N n, O o, P p, Q q, R r, S s (Š š), T t, U u, V v (W w), X x, Y y, Z z (Ž ž), Å å, Ä ä, Ö ö

French

Pronunciation

  • (letter name) IPA(key): /du.blə.ve/

Letter

w (uppercase W)

  1. w

Fula

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /w/

Letter

w (lower case, upper case W)

  1. A letter of the Fula alphabet, written in the Latin script.

Usage notes

  • Common to all varieties of Fula (Fulfulde / Pulaar / Pular).

See also

  • (Latin-script letters) karfeeje; ', A a, B b, Mb mb, Ɓ ɓ, C c, D d, Nd nd, Ɗ ɗ, E e, F f, G g, Ng ng, Ɠ ɠ, H h, I i, J j, Nj nj, K k, L l, M m, N n, Ŋ ŋ, Ñ ñ, Ɲ ɲ, O o, P p, R r, S s, T t, U u, W w, Y y, Ƴ ƴ

Gothic

Romanization

w

  1. Romanization of 𐍅

Haitian Creole

Pronoun

w

  1. Contraction of ou.

Hungarian

Pronunciation

  • (phoneme): IPA(key): [ˈv]
  • (letter name): IPA(key): [ˈduplɒveː]

Letter

w (lower case, upper case W)

  1. A letter of the extended Hungarian alphabet, called dupla vé and written in the Latin script.

Declension

See also

  • (Latin-script letters) betű; A a, Á á, B b, C c, Cs cs, D d, Dz dz, Dzs dzs, E e, É é, F f, G g, Gy gy, H h, I i, Í í, J j, K k, L l, Ly ly, M m, N n, Ny ny, O o, Ó ó, Ö ö, Ő ő, P p, R r, S s, Sz sz, T t, Ty ty, U u, Ú ú, Ü ü, Ű ű, V v, Z z, Zs zs. Only in the extended alphabet: Q q W w X x Y y. Commonly used: ch. Also defined: à ë. In surnames (selection): ä aa cz ds eé eö ew oe oó th ts ÿ.

Further reading

  • w in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh. A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962. Fifth ed., 1992: →ISBN

Ido

Pronunciation

  • (context pronunciation) IPA(key): /w/
  • (letter name) IPA(key): /we/

Letter

w (upper case W)

  1. The twenty-third letter of the Ido alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also

  • (Latin-script letters) litero; A a, B b, C c, D d, E e, F f, G g, H h, I i, J j, K k, L l, M m, N n, O o, P p, Q q, R r, S s, T t, U u, V v, W w, X x, Y y, Z z

Indonesian

Etymology 1

Pronunciation

  • (context pronunciation) IPA(key): /w/
  • (letter name) IPA(key): /wɛ/

Letter

w (upper case W)

  1. The twenty-third letter of the Indonesian alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also

  • (Latin-script letters) alfabet; A a, B b, C c, D d, E e, F f, G g, H h, I i, J j, K k, L l, M m, N n, O o, P p, Q q, R r, S s, T t, U u, V v, W w, X x, Y y, Z z

Etymology 2

Pronoun

w

  1. (text messaging, slang) Abbreviation of gue.
    Synonym: gw

Italian

Noun

w m or f (invariable)

  1. see under W

Japanese

Etymology

Short for (笑) (warai, laughing).

Punctuation mark

w

  1. (Internet slang, often repeated) LOL; an expression of amusement or laughter.
    このバカwwwwwww(´∀`*)
    kono baka wwwwwww (´ ∀ ` *)
    look at this idiot lol
    ちょwwwお(まえ)のツイート()びすぎwww(ゆう)(めい)(じん)じゃんwwwww
    cho www omae no tsuīto nobisugi www yūmeijin jan wwwww
    yo hol up, your tweet's crazy popular 🔥😂 you're goddamn famous 😂

Usage notes

  • w can be used multiple times in a row, as in the examples above; it is sometimes repeated to quite lengthy extents.

Derived terms

  • (くさ) (kusa)

Related terms

  • ((わらい)) (warai), ((わら)) (wara)
  • ワロス (warosu), ワロタ (warota), ワラタ (warata)

Lower Sorbian

Alternative forms

  • we (especially before labial consonants and consonant clusters)

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *vъ(n), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁én

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /w/ (before vowels)
  • (silent before consonants)

Preposition

w (with locative)

  1. in

Malay

Letter

w (lower case, upper case W)

  1. The twenty-third letter of the Malay alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also

  • (Latin-script letters) A a, B b, C c, D d, E e, F f, G g, H h, I i, J j, K k, L l, M m, N n, O o, P p, Q q, R r, S s, T t, U u, V v, W w, X x, Y y, Z z

Maltese

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /w/

Etymology 1

Letter

w (lower case, upper case W)

  1. The twenty-seventh letter of the Maltese alphabet, written in the Latin script.
See also
  • (Latin-script letters) ittra; A a, B b, Ċ ċ, D d, E e, F f, Ġ ġ, G g, Għ għ, H h, Ħ ħ, I i, Ie ie, J j, K k, L l, M m, N n, O o, P p, Q q, R r, S s, T t, U u, V v, W w, X x, Ż ż, Z z

Etymology 2

Conjunction

w

  1. Superseded spelling of u before or after a vowel.

Norwegian

Pronunciation

  • (letter name): IPA(key): /ˈdɔbəlt.ˌʋeː/
  • (phoneme): IPA(key): /ʋ/, /v/

Letter

w

  1. The 23rd letter of the Norwegian alphabet.

Usage notes

  • Only appears in loanwords from e.g. German.

Polish

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *vъ(n), from Proto-Indo-European *én.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /v/, /f/
  • (letter name) IPA(key): /vu/

Letter

w (upper case W, lower case)

  1. The twenty-eighth letter of the Polish alphabet, called wu and written in the Latin script.

See also

  • (Latin-script letters) A a, Ą ą, B b, C c, Ć ć, D d, E e, Ę ę, F f, G g, H h, I i, J j, K k, L l, Ł ł, M m, N n, Ń ń, O o, Ó ó, P p (Q q), R r, S s, Ś ś, T t, U u (V v), W w (X x), Y y, Z z, Ź ź, Ż ż

Preposition

w

  1. (+ locative) in, at, on (indicates location)
  2. (+ locative) in (e.g. a month, a year, a century)
  3. (+ locative) in (indicates state)
  4. (+ locative) at
  5. (+ accusative) into, in, to (indicates movement)
  6. (+ accusative) on (e.g. a day)
  7. (+ accusative) into (indicates a change of state)
  8. (+ accusative) decorated with
  9. (+ accusative) within, in the space of, in
    Synonyms: w ciągu, w przeciągu, na przestrzeni
  10. (+ accusative) in, as (indicates an amount or number)

Usage notes

Some combinations of sounds, chiefly consonant clusters at the beginning of the following noun, require that this preposition be used in the vocalized form we. Examples:

But:

Further reading

  • w in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • w in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /v/

Letter

w (lower case, upper case W)

  1. The twenty-third letter of the Portuguese alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also

  • (Latin-script letters) letra; A a (Á á, À à,  â, àã), B b, C c (Ç ç), D d, E e (É é, Ê ê), F f, G g, H h, I i (Í í), J j, K k, L l, M m, N n, O o (Ó ó, Ô ô, Õ õ), P p, Q q, R r, S s, T t, U u (Ú ú), V v, W w, X x, Y y, Z z

Romani

Letter

w (lower case, upper case W)

  1. A letter used to represent the voiced labial-velar approximant (/w/) in the International Standard orthography.

References

  • Yūsuke Sumi (2018), “w”, in ニューエクスプレス ロマ(ジプシー)語 [New Express Romani (Gypsy)] (in Japanese), Tokyo: Hakusuisha, →ISBN, page 16

Romanian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /v/, /w/, /u/

Letter

w (lower case, upper case W)

  1. The twenty-eighth letter of the Romanian alphabet, called dublu ve or dublu vî and written in the Latin script.

Usage notes

Used chiefly in recent loanwords and foreign proper nouns.

See also

  • (Latin-script letters) A a, Ă ă,  â, B b, C c, D d, E e, F f, G g, H h, I i, Πî, J j, K k, L l, M m, N n, O o, P p, Q q, R r, S s, Ș ș, T t, Ț ț, U u, V v, W w, X x, Y y, Z z

Spanish

Pronunciation

  • (phoneme) IPA(key): /w/, /ɡw/, /β/
  • (letter name) IPA(key): /ˌube ˈdoble/, [ˌu.β̞e ˈð̞o.β̞le]
  • (letter name) IPA(key): /ˈdoble ˌbe/, [ˈd̪o.β̞le ˌβ̞e]

Letter

w (lower case, upper case W)

  1. the 24th letter of the Spanish alphabet

Swedish

Pronunciation

Letter name
  • IPA(key): /ˈdɵbɛlveː/
Phoneme
  • IPA(key): /v/, (rare, in foreign loanwords) /w/
    • Homophone: v (in most positions)

Letter

w (lower case, upper case W)

  1. The twenty-third letter of the Swedish alphabet, called dubbel-ve and written in the Latin script. Previously treated as a variant of the letter v and not as its own independent letter.

Usage notes

  • In blackletter typography, w was commonly used instead of v. When printers (gradually during the 19th century) changed to Latin typography, spelling changed from w to v, except in some family names. However, this change does not count as a spelling reform.
  • In many abbreviations, Swedes say v (ve, as in German) instead of w (dubbel ve), e.g. BMW (be emm ve), VW (ve ve), WC (ve se), WHO (ve hå o), WWW (ve ve ve).

Turkmen

Pronunciation

  • (phoneme) IPA(key): /β/

Letter

w (upper case W)

  1. The twenty-seventh letter of the Turkmen alphabet, called we and written in the Latin script.

See also

  • (Latin-script letters) harp; A a, B b, Ç ç, D d, E e, Ä ä, F f, G g, H h, I i, J j, Ž ž, K k, L l, M m, N n, Ň ň, O o, Ö ö, P p, R r, S s, Ş ş, T t, U u, Ü ü, W w, Y y, Ý ý, Z z

Welsh

Etymology 1

Alternative forms

  • (with grave accent to indicate otherwise unpredictable short vowel):
  • (with acute accent to indicate unusually stressed short vowel):
  • (with circumflex to indicate otherwise unpredictable or unusually stressed long vowel or disyllabicity): ŵ
  • (with diaeresis to indicate disyllabicity):

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /uː/

Letter

w (lower case, upper case W)

  1. The twenty-eighth letter of the Welsh alphabet, called w and written in the Latin script. It is preceded by u and followed by y.
Derived terms
  • Digraph sequences: wy
Mutation
  • w cannot be mutated but when representing a vowel, does take h-prothesis, for example with the word wy (egg):
See also
  • (Latin-script letters) llythyren; A a (Á á, À à,  â, Ä ä), B b, C c, Ch ch, D d, Dd dd, E e (É é, È è, Ê ê, Ë ë), F f, Ff ff, G g, Ng ng, H h, I i (Í í, Ì ì, Πî, Ï ï), J j, L l, Ll ll, M m, N n, O o (Ó ó, Ò ò, Ô ô, Ö ö), P p, Ph ph, R r, Rh rh, S s, T t, Th th, U u (Ú ú, Ù ù, Û û, Ü ü), W w (Ẃ ẃ, Ẁ ẁ, Ŵ ŵ, Ẅ ẅ), Y y (Ý ý, Ỳ ỳ, Ŷ ŷ, Ÿ ÿ)
  • (Latin-script letter names) llythyren; a, bi, ec, èch, di, èdd, e, èf, èff, èg, eng, aetsh, i/i dot, je, ce, el, èll, em, en, o, pi, ffi, ciw, er, rhi, ès, ti, èth, u/u bedol, fi, w, ecs, y, sèd (Category: cy:Latin letter names)

Noun

w f (plural ŵau)

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter W.
Mutation

Etymology 2

Alternative forms

  • (in negative statements; also in affirmative statements in North Wales): dw
  • (in affirmative statements): rw

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ʊ/, /w/

Usage notes

This word is usually found in conjunction with the pronoun i and so may be pronounced as part of a diphthong /ʊi̯/ or as /wiː/.

Verb

w

  1. (colloquial, South Wales) first-person singular present of bod (in affirmative or negative statements)

Related terms

  • ydw (interrogative)

Yoruba

Pronunciation

  • (phoneme): IPA(key): /w/
  • (letter name): IPA(key): /wí/

Letter

w (lower case, upper case W)

  1. The twenty-fourth letter of the Yoruba alphabet, called and written in the Latin script.

See also

  • (Latin-script letters) lẹ́tà; A a (Á á, À à, Ā ā), B b, D d, E e (É é, È è, Ē ē), Ẹ ẹ (Ẹ́ ẹ́, Ẹ̀ ẹ̀, Ẹ̄ ẹ̄), F f, G g, Gb gb, H h, I i (Í í, Ì ì, Ī ī), J j, K k, L l, M m (Ḿ ḿ, M̀ m̀, M̄ m̄), N n (Ń ń, Ǹ ǹ, N̄ n̄), O o (Ó ó, Ò ò, Ō ō), Ọ ọ (Ọ́ ọ́, Ọ̀ ọ̀, Ọ̄ ọ̄), P p, R r, S s, Ṣ ṣ, T t, U u (Ú ú, Ù ù, Ū ū), W w, Y y
  • As used in Benin: (Latin-script letters) lɛ́tà; A a, B b, D d, E e, Ɛ ɛ, F f, G g, Gb gb, H h, I i, J j, K k, Kp kp, L l, M m, N n, O o, Ɔ ɔ, P p, R r, S s, Sh sh, T t, U u, W w, Y y

Zhuang

Pronunciation

  • (Standard Zhuang) IPA(key): /ʔɯ˨˦/
  • Tone numbers: w1
  • Hyphenation: w

Noun

w (old orthography ɯ)

  1. gum (in the eye)

Zulu

Letter

w (lower case, upper case W)

  1. The twenty-third letter of the Zulu alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also

  • (Latin-script letters) A a, B b, C c, D d, E e, F f, G g, H h, I i, J j, K k, L l, M m, N n, O o, P p, Q q, R r, S s, T t, U u, V v, W w, X x, Y y, Z z

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