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waif

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waif/ˈweɪf/noun
pluralwaifs
waif
/ˈweɪf/
noun
pluralwaifs
Learner's definition of WAIF  
[count]
: a young person who is thin and appears to have no home

waifs and strays

British
: people or animals that do not have a home

— waifish

/ˈweɪfɪʃ/adjective

— waiflike

/ˈweɪfˌlaɪk/adjective
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