Meaning of “waif” in the English Dictionary

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"waif" in British English

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waifnoun [ C ]

uk /weɪf/ 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)

"waif" in American English

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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)