waif Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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waifnoun [C]

uk   us   /weɪf/ literary
a ​child or ​animal without a ​home or enough ​food and ​care, usually ​thin and ​dirty in ​appearance
(Definition of waif from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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waifnoun [C]

 us   /weɪf/
a ​child or ​animal without a ​home or enough ​care: a ​poor little waif
(Definition of waif from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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