W, the twenty-third letter of the English alphabet, is usually a consonant, but sometimes it is a vowel, forming the second element of certain diphthongs, as in few, how. It takes its written form and its name from the repetition of a V, this being the original form of the Roman capital letter which we call U. Etymologically it is most related to v and u. See V, and U. Some of the uneducated classes in England, especially in London, confuse w and v, substituting the one for the other, as weal for veal, and veal for weal; wine for vine, and vine for wine, etc. See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 266-268.
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From Proto-Slavic *vъ(n), from Proto-Indo-European *én
w m, f (invariable) See under W
w (colloquial, South Wales) first-person singular present of bod (in affirmative or negative statements) W i yn y car. — I’m in the car. W i ddim yn hapus. — I’m not happy.
w (Internet, slang) LOL; an expression of amusement or laughter.
W watt west (cricket) wide white witness work
(IPA) voiced labial-velar approximant
w (with locative) in
w lower case (upper case W) The twenty-third letter of the basic modern Latin alphabet. The first letter of callsigns allocated to American broadcast television and radio stations east of the Mississippi river.
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