Adjectives starting with W- Their descriptions


ADJECTIVES STARTING WITH ‘W’: Weighty, Wooden, Wearisome, Worthless, Weird, Waiting, Wide, Wet, Wealthy, Well, Wasteful, Wounded, West, Wry and more

Do you care to learn new words? These are not just any kind but adjectives. They help you to spice up your use of the English language. You would learn the warm, witty, wonderful, and widespread ones and probably those you might find weird—the adjectives starting with ‘w.’ 

Adjectives are one of the most common word classes. It is almost inevitable to write a single paragraph without using one. If you picked up that favorite book of yours now, the legion of adjectives you would find would surprise you. You might not even have to go the extra mile. Amongst the previous sentences in this article, there is none without an adjective. Even in speech or conversations, we use as many as possible.  Another fascinating thing about these words is that their growth continues.

This descriptive category of words is an open class, a class that accepts new words over time. Adjectives, unlike pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections, take in new words. The Oxford English Dictionary approximates that they form 25% of the words in the dictionary. There is every possibility that this figure would increase. Nonetheless, it’s a plus for you as a language user. The growth means you would have more words to describe people, places, and things, among others. You would have more to create images in the minds of listeners or readers. 


We use adjectives to create mental images. They help us with vivid descriptions, pointing to exactly what we mean. For instance, the difference between the phrases ‘the bag’ and ‘the red bag’ is the presence of ‘red’ in the latter and the mental image that the word paints. ‘The bag’ could refer to any bag; however, ‘the red bag’ illustrates the exact color. How interesting!

Similarly, they make your vocabulary richer. They could be that tool that would save you from the poverty of words.   


Frankly, nothing makes adjectives starting with ‘W’ greater than others beginning with other letters. However, learning the list under this letter would contribute to learning this class of words alphabetically. Also, using those beginning with the letter ‘W’ within the same sentence or line could add to your language’s rhythm. For instance, as a poetic device, alliteration deals with the repetition of the same initial consonant sounds. Employing something similar in your writing or speech is not a bad idea. It would be a means to explore your creativity. Why should you not tap into that? 


Warm: Having a somewhat high temperature/Friendly, etc. 

Weighty: Heavy/Significant  

Wooden: Made of wood 

Windy: Accompanied by the breeze

Wild: Undomesticated/Having no inhabitants 

Witty: Clever  

Worthy: Having worth 

Weary: Tired, exhausted

Worthwhile: Worthy of one’s efforts or resources  

Well-known: Popular, famous 

Wonderful: Full of wonder  

Well-meaning: Having good intentions  

Wearisome: Causing tiredness or fatigue  

Worthless: With no worth 

 Win-win: Relating to a situation that brings mutual benefits   

Weird: Strange or out of the ordinary  

Well-heeled: Rich, wealthy   

Waiting: For the future  

Warlike: Not peaceful, aggressive  

Whorly: Resembling a whorl 

White: Of a bright color/Relating to light-skinned Europeans

Wayward: Deviating from the norm  

Wishful: Hopeful

Wimpy: Having cowardly features

W-shaped: Shaped like the letter ‘W’ 

West: Situated in the west 

Watchful: Attentive, Vigilant

Wailing: Crying

Webby: Resembling a web

Weak-winged: (Of a creature) Having weak wings 

Wide: Having a large physical space from side to side/Having a large scope 

Wet: (Of something) covered in liquid  

Wordy: Having too many or unnecessary words 

Wedded: Joined as in a marriage 

Wheaty: Tasting of wheat 

Wealthy: Rich   

Well: Good/Healthy  

Wholesome: Healthy 

Wireless: Without any wires  

Witchy: Resembling witches  

Wicked: Evil   

Wry: Having dry humor  

Worldly: Concerned with matters related to humans   

Wingless: Having no wings  

Weatherly: Able to be navigated (a ship) near the wind

Wise: Full of wisdom  

Whimsical: Out of the ordinary, Odd

Wasteful: Lavish

Wounded: Sustaining injuries   

Wafty: Gaseous  


You must note that some of these words have more than one meaning. At times, you could have contradictory meanings determined by what you intend. For instance, the word ‘wicked’ has both positive and negative implications. Apart from the one put above, it could also—as slang—describe something as awesome. For an extensive list of the possible meanings of each word, you should consult a dictionary. 

When you consult the dictionary, you would observe that the adjectives above, except for some such as ‘win-win,’ have comparative and superlative forms. While the comparative forms of some require that you add ‘-r’ or ‘-er,’ others take the word ‘more’ before them. For the superlative forms, we add the suffix ‘-st’ or ‘-est.’  ‘Most’ precedes others to form theirs. 

Also, these adjectives can either come before or after the word that they describe. One that comes before what it modifies is attributive, while the one that comes after is predicative

You have now learned some adjectives starting with ‘w’ with the guideline to form their comparative and superlative forms. Below are some example sentences to help you get started with their use. 


  • Derek is a wise man; however, John is wiser.
  • The first day I spoke to her, she gave me a witchy look.  
  • The aerial view of the schools shows that it is W-shaped
  • That was a wearisome work. 
  • Why would you treat such a weighty matter with little concern? 
  • If I win the contract, I will make some money, and you will receive the award. It will be a win-win result.  
  • Aisha has become more wayward than her brother. 

In all, adjectives are indispensable in writing and speech. They give sufficient descriptions and help writers and speakers to paint brilliant pictures. Now that you have learned some, starting with the letter ‘W,’ it is time to employ them. That is the best way to ensure that they stick in your vocabulary. Cheers to this new feat!  

Adjectives starting with W- Their descriptions

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