[ UK /wˈe‍ɪf/ ]
[ US /ˈweɪf/ ]
  1. a homeless child especially one forsaken or orphaned
    street children beg or steal in order to survive
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How To Use waif In A Sentence

  • A gamine ingenue to her sophisticated divorcee, she plays this streetwise waif with the same knowing naivety that made the 12-year-old such a disturbingly seductive assassin's helpmate in her first film, Leon.
  • All her images of a tiny waif locked in the attic seemed suddenly foolish and fantastic.
  • Gradually their talk died and drowsiness began to steal upon the eyelids of the little waifs.
  • Artie enters with a lost teen waif named Donna whom he found in an elevator.
  • His pilgrimage is dogged by calamity, as oxen sicken and die, the cart carrying the bell catches fire, and waifs and strays join his tattered procession.
  • Nevertheless, there was great satisfaction in cherishing the little waif, for she learned more than she could teach and felt a sense of responsibility which was excellent ballast for her enthusiastic nature. Rose in Bloom
  • Your willingness to help others is admirable, but unless you're a registered charity you'd best contain your habit of taking in waifs and offering them a hot bath and food.
  • I said I was embarrassed not to know; someone had assured me that a theremin was a kind of "Eastern" religion, and the "cracking into a thousand pieces" was the consequence of being peered at by a waiflike holy man enveloped in a white shroud. Archive 2007-06-01
  • In an era of waifs and buffed bodies, the full-figured beauties in Rubens's works have a graceful nobility.
  • The rhetoric inherited from the Victorian world insists that prostitutes were penniless waifs of the street, servant girls who were seduced and abandoned, or the coarse streetwalkers hardened by city life.
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