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Meaning of waif

waif

Pronunciation: (wāf), [key]
  1. a person, esp. a child, who has no home or friends.
  2. something found, esp. a stray animal, whose owner is not known.
  3. a stray item or article: to gather waifs of gossip.
  4. waft (def. 8).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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