(Whyd"ah bird` or Whyd"ah finch`) . (Zoöl.) The whidah bird.
(Why"-not`) n. A violent and peremptory procedure without any assigned reason; a sudden
conclusive happening. [Obs.]
When the churchHudibras.
Was taken with a why-not in the lurch.
This game . . . was like to have been lost with a why- not.Nugæ Antiq.
(Wich) n. A variant of 1st Wick.
(Wich"i*tas) n. pl.; sing. Wichita (Ethnol.) A tribe of Indians native of the region between the
Arkansas and Red rivers. They are related to the Pawnees. See Pawnees.
(Wick or Wich) , n. [AS. wic village, fr. L. vicus. In some names of places, perhaps fr. Icel. vik
an inlet, creek, bay. See Vicinity, and cf. Villa.]
1. A street; a village; a castle; a dwelling; a place of work, or exercise of authority; now obsolete except
in composition; as, bailiwick, Warwick, Greenwick. Stow.
2. (Curling) A narrow port or passage in the rink or course, flanked by the stones of previous players.
(Wick) n. [OE. wicke, weyke, weke, AS. weoca or wecca; cf. D. wiek a roll of lint, Prov. G.
wicke, and wieche, OHG. wiohha, Sw. veke, Dan. væge; of uncertain origin.] A bundle of fibers, or a
loosely twisted or braided cord, tape, or tube, usually made of soft spun cotton threads, which by capillary
attraction draws up a steady supply of the oil in lamps, the melted tallow or wax in candles, or other
material used for illumination, in small successive portions, to be burned.
But true it is, that when the oil is spentSpenser.
The light goes out, and wick is thrown away.
(Wick), v. i. (Curling) To strike a stone in an oblique direction. Jamieson.
(Wick"e) a. Wicked. [Obs.] Piers Plowman. "With full wikke intent." Chaucer.
(Wicked) a. Having a wick; used chiefly in composition; as, a two-wicked lamp.
(Wick"ed) a. [OE. wicked, fr. wicke wicked; probably originally the same word as wicche wizard,
witch. See Witch.]
1. Evil in principle or practice; deviating from morality; contrary to the moral or divine law; addicted to vice
or sin; sinful; immoral; profligate; said of persons and things; as, a wicked king; a wicked woman; a wicked
deed; wicked designs.
Hence, then, and evil go with thee along,Milton.
Thy offspring, to the place of evil, hell,
Thou and thy wicked
Never, never, wicked man was wise.Pope.
2. Cursed; baneful; hurtful; bad; pernicious; dangerous. [Obs.] "Wicked dew." Shak.
This were a wicked way, but whoso had a guide.P. Plowman.
3. Ludicrously or sportively mischievous; disposed to mischief; roguish. [Colloq.]
Pen looked uncommonly wicked.Thackeray.