Nouns name people, places, things, or ideas. That pretty much covers everything but actions, right? That’s the job of verbs. Given the weight of nouns in the English language, we’ve been walking through an alphabetical list of them, from A to Z. Here’s the skinny on nouns that start with W, as well as a little more on the functioning of this all-important part of speech.
Let’s enjoy walking through a wide list of 50 W-nouns. We’ve also included a definition for each word and a few synonyms as well.
money paid to a worker for work performed
salary, earnings, payment
the part of the body between the ribs and hips
midriff, waistline, torso
something that divides or supports
barricade, barrier, blockade
an armed conflict
conflict, combat, battle
a place where goods are stored
depot, store, storehouse
something that alerts to possible danger
caution, admonition, caveat
an assurance that the seller of the goods will repair or replace any defects that are found
assurance, contract, guarantee
unwanted or discarded matter
rubbish, garbage, scrap
a liquid found on the earth with no odor or taste
rain, liquid, H2O
a swell along the surface of the ocean caused by the wind
curl, gush, swell
a manner of doing something
method, mode, means
a lack of strength or a character flaw
fallibility, frailness, imperfection
a great amount of money, property, or possessions
abundance, riches, affluence
a tool used to injure or kill
armament, artillery, munitions
the condition of the climate in a particular place
climate, atmosphere, the elements
shortening of the phrase “world wide web”
internet, cyberspace, interweb
a property on the web that contains specific information
web page, blog, homepage
a ceremony in which two people get married
nuptials, matrimony, union
a seven-day period of time
seven days, work week
the days at the end of the week (usually Saturday and Sunday)
end of the week, respite, days off
how heavy something is
pressure, load, mass
the state of good health, happiness, and comfort
happiness, prosperity, success
the direction to the left of a person facing north
a cereal grass with dense, erect spikes containing grain
grain, corn, hay
a round frame that turns from a central point
disk, dial, ring
the measurement of distance from side to side
breadth, diameter, span
a woman who is married
spouse, lady, matron
a general term for all wild, untamed animals
fauna, animals, creatures
the natural movement of air
breeze, gust, gale
a pane of glass in a house, car, or other structure
aperture, bay, casement
an alcoholic drink made of fermented fruits
vino, cabernet, pinot noir
the forelimb of a flying animal
appendage, pinion, airfoil
someone who wins or succeeds
champion, conqueror, victor
the coldest season of the year
wintertime, cold, wintertide
metal that is in very thin threads or rods
cable, coil, line
connectivity to a computer network that doesn’t require wires or cords
Wi-Fi, cellular, mobile
the ability to know what is true or right
prudence, astuteness, sense
the act of taking something out
abandonment, cancellation, disavowal
a person who has seen an event
observer, onlooker, eyewitness
a female adult human
female, lady, dame
something made out of the layer right under a tree’s bark
forest, timber, lumber
a letter or group of letters that has meaning when spoken or written
term, designation, speech
a person that performs a necessary task
operator, mechanic, journeyman
the total number of workers actively employed
labor pool, personnel, staff
the act of doing physical exercise or training
tryout, drill, rehearsal
the location where you are employed
office, factory, building
a room where work tasks are performed
lab, studio, establishment
the planet and all the people on it
earth, globe, planet
a ritual showing devotion
praise, prayer, devotion
a person who writes or composes text
columnist, essayist, author
Nouns are the words that we use to refer to persons, places, things, or ideas. Typically, they’re preceded by articles such as “a,” “an,” or “the.” For example, you might say “a writer” or “the wave.”
One of the primary functions of nouns is to act as the subject of the sentence. In the sentence, “The waiter is nice,” “waiter” is a noun. Nouns are often direct objects, too. In the sentence, “The writer offers profound wisdom,” “wisdom” is the direct object. It’s the object of the verb, “offers.”
The basic formula of a standard English sentence is subject + verb + direct object. Nouns occupy two of those functions. Given their importance, there are many different classifications of nouns. Let’s review five of the most common types:
- Proper nouns name specific things, like the names of people, cities, states, countries, buildings, and books. As proper nouns, they are capitalized. So, “William” is a proper noun, but “boy” is a common noun.
- Common nouns refer to general items, such as “country,” instead of “Wales.”
- Abstract nouns are used when you can’t touch the noun. These nouns are theoretical, such as “worry” or “wonder.”
- Collective nouns refer to large groups, such as a “warren” of thieves or a “wolfpack” of deviants.
- Possessive nouns demonstrate ownership over something else. For example, with “Wanda’s wandering soul,” “Wanda’s” serves as a possessive noun, indicating it’s her wandering soul.
To continue to explore these categories, check out Types of Nouns.
Want to wander through some sentences containing W-nouns? Here’s a selection of 10 of the above words in action:
- I hope you’re paying them a proper wage.
- Let’s paint this wall red.
- Would you like to add strawberries to your water?
- She loves to sit out there and watch the waves.
- He doesn’t believe he has a weakness in this area.
- What will the weather be like in Istanbul?
- Do you know anyone who can build my website?
- Don’t just live for the weekend.
- He’s a very hard worker.
- We enjoyed touring his workshop.
Do you love to stand in the wake of the ocean? How about this wake of W-nouns? Pretty interesting, right? Would you like to apply some of these new terms to your next piece of writing or round of Words With Friends? Check out this list of nearly 800 words that start with W on WordFinder by YourDictionary. Who knew? Once you review the full list, you'll be able to filter it to specific criteria. For example, you can create a list of words that begin, end with or contain certain letter combinations. WordFinder's word list tool even allows you to search for words by the number of letters. What a great way to find W words!