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waif

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BrE BrE//weɪf//
 
; NAmE NAmE//weɪf//
 
 
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a small thin person, usually a child, who looks as if they do not have enough to eat the waifs and strays of our society (= people with no home) Word Origin late Middle English: from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old Northern French gaif, probably of Scandinavian origin. Early use was often in waif and stray, as a legal term denoting a piece of property found and, if unclaimed, falling to the lord of the manor.
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