Looking for adjectives that start with "w?" The letter "w" has a long history as a confused letter. When the Greeks borrowed the letter from the ancient Egyptians — who used the letter as a hieroglyph that represented a snake — they gave "w" to two letters in their alphabet.
The Greeks used "w" as the basis for both an F-type letter, and a U-type letter. When the Romans then borrowed the letter from the Greeks, they made things even more confusing by using "w" interchangeably with "u" and "v."
Sometime after the middle ages, "u" and "v" evolved into their own letters in the English language. Today, "w" firmly represents just the "w" sound in English but, in many foreign languages, "w" is still pronounced as "v" and vice versa. German is a good example of this.
Given "W's" confusing history, it’s no surprise it continues to cause kerfuffles today. It creates a lot of different sounds, depending on the context:
Looks like "w" has maintained some of its mystique.
"W" is a wonderful letter for adjectives: the word "weird" may be one of the most commonly used, all-purpose adjectives in the English language to describe a wide variety of oddities. There are some great famous uses of "w" adjectives too. A book and musical based on the Wizard of Oz uses the fiendish adjective Wicked as its title, and the classic Bronte novel Wuthering Heights uses a regional adjective of Northern England wuthering to depict the wild and windy Yorkshire moors.
You might not consider it to be a very common letter. In truth, there are too many "w" adjectives to list them all, but, we can share some of our favorites. If you are wise, perhaps you can think of more "w" adjectives to add to the list.
These are our top 20:
Wacky - crazy, unusual
The wacky idea was so unusual that everyone loved it and it saved the company.
Warm - having moderate heat
The warm room was very comfortable after being outside in the cold all day.
Weak - lacking in strength
The weak man was unable to lift even the light weights.
Wealthy - having lots of money or possessions
The wealthy man was able to buy his own plane and his own island.
Wet - filled with moisture
Wet dogs do not smell very good.
White - having the color of milk or snow
The white room was stark and lacking in color or decoration.
Wide - extending over a large area
The wide reach of the book made it very influential.
Wild - in a natural state; uncontrolled
Wild animals are much more interesting to observe than those in the zoo, but much more dangerous too.
Willful - stubborn; not easily controlled
The willful girl did not take direction or orders very well.
Windy - characterized by wind or breezes
The windy day made it impossible to have a picnic, since everything kept blowing away.
Withering - shriveling; shrinking
The withering plants desperately needed to be watered.
Witty - clever; funny
The witty boy made all of his classmates laugh at his jokes.
Woebegone - woeful; sad
She had a woebegone expression after being told she could not go to the dance.
Wobbly - unstable
The baby took her first wobbly steps.
Wondrous - amazing; wonderful
Her first birthday was a wondrous occasion for the family.
The worldly girl had traveled all over Europe and the United States.
Worrisome - causing worry or concern
The worrisome news from the doctor made mother tense.
Wretched - deeply distressed or unhappy
I really wanted to help the wretched man living on the streets.
Wrong - incorrect
Wrong information manages to find its way into books and newspapers occasionally.
Wry - dryly funny, sarcastic
The wry joke got the boy in trouble with the teacher, who did not find sarcasm funny.
If you though "w" adjectives weren’t all that common, wait until we get to our next adjective list. What do you say we move on to Adjectives That Start with X?