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Staff V of the English Wordbook.

Basic abbreviations:

  • OE = Old English
  • NHG = New High German
  • Du. = Dutch

For a full list of etymological and other abbreviations used in these wordlists, see: Offshortenings.


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Chancery English Class Anglish/English
vacancy n black hole, emptiness; bareness
vacant adj bare; fallow, off; deadpan, numb; forgotten, forsaken
vacate vb empty
vacation n holiday
vaccine n booster, jab
vacuity n black hole, emptiness; bareness
vacuum cleaner n hoover
vagrancy n -
vagrant n drifter, floater, wanderer
vague adj fuzzy; dim
vagina n

cunt (vulgar), pussy (slang; also vulgar), womanhood (also slang)

vain adj 1. cocky, high-and-mighty, snotty; 2. worthless, idle 3. empty, shallow, worthless, hollow
vain, in phr for nothing, worthlessly, in wanhope
valet n theen, steward
valiant adj bold, doughty, fearless, stalworth
valid adj sound, well-grounded
valkyrie n -
valley n dale
deep, of a stream: dene
wide, grassy: slade
narrow, steep: clove
valour n ellen
value n worth
value vb worthen
vanguard n -
vanish vb melt, sink
vanity n pride, idleness
vanquish vb -
vapour n -
variant n -
variation n -
variety n kind
various adj many, manifold, sundry, rainbow
vas deferens n -
vassal n feeman
vast adj great, endless
veal n calf
veer vb swerve, trundle
veil n shroud
vegan n -
vegetable n green, greens
vegetarian n -
vehicle n kraft
vein n -
velcro n -
velociraptor  n quickfanger
venesection n bloodletting
venison n -
venom n/vb -
vent n hole
verb n actionwerd
verbal adj wordy; spoken, unwritten, word-of-mouth
verbatim adj word-for-word, word for word
verbose adj long-winded
verbosity n wordiness
verdant n green, lush
verge n brink, edge, threshold
verify vb find out, look at/into
vernacular n unbookish, everyday speech
version n reading, betokening
versus prep against
vertebra n -
vertigo n dizziness
very adj/adv

1. sore, sorely; way, highly; greatly, mighty, through-, ful-, for-, so,

2. much, truly, soothly, forsooth, indeed, rather, rattling, mickle, dead, fele, fell; 3. same, selfsame; 4. sheer; utter; 5. true, truly, full; 6. true; 7. rightful, lawful


very much: most (att'd <OE mǽst), well

vessel n vat, ship
vest n British: undershirt
American: waistcoat
vestibule n -
via conj by
viceroy n -
vicinity n nearness; neighbourhood
victim n -
victor n winner, syer
victory n win, sye (<OE siġe)
view n outlook, eyeshot, sight, insight
view vb look, watch, see, gaze, gawk
viewer n onlooker, witness, watcher
vigil n wakefulness, wake, watch
vigilance n heedness, wareness, watchfulnes
vigilant adj eye-bright, wakeful, aware, wary, watchful, wide awake, wakerife, ware, sharp
vigilante n watchman, warder, ward, keeper, overseer
vigour n liveliness, drive
vigorous adj hearty, rathe, lusty, driving, lively, hale, yauld
vile adj evil, wicked, loathsome
village n hem, thorpe/thorp/dorp, wick, town, whistle-stop
violate vb breach
violence n foul play
violent adj stormy; dreadful; mad
violet adj -
violin n fiddle
virgin n maiden
virginity n maidenhood
virtually adv almost, nearly, seemingly, all but
virtue n worth, uprightness; doughtiness, heart
virtuous adj right-minded
visage n blee, likeness
visible adj seeber
vision n sight; dream, sweven
visionary adj farsighted, foresighted
visit vb call upon, drop in, see
visit n -
visitor n caller, guest
vital adj flush, lusty, red-blooded; mettlesome, springy; needed; fell; key
vitality n liveliness, beans
vitamin n -
vocabulary n word-hoard
vocal adj loud, outspoken
voice n -
voiced adj soft, weak, flat
voiceless adj hard, strong, sharp
void n/adj

n: black hole, emptiness

adj: bereft

volcano n -
voluntary adj willing, freewilling
volunteer n -
vomer n plowshare-boan
vomit vb spew, puke, throw up, hurl, retch, upchuck
vomit n spew, puke, sick, throw-up, hurl
vote n/vb poll, show of hands, choosing
vb: choose
vow n/vb oath, behest, pledge, troth, word
vowel n vocal
vulgar adj low, filthy, ill-bred, churlish
vulnerable adj helpless, powerless
vulpine adj foxlike
vulture n -

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