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Wanged/Wanged out
Exhausted, tired out; "I don't seem to have much go in me these days, I'm weak as a Robin and I'm wanged out by tea-time"

'Ware-teg
Fair play. An adaptation of the Welsh 'chwarae-teg' which shows the South Wales (monoglot and Welsh speaking) reluctance to use the ;'ch' sound

Washes like a rag
'Comes up a treat' after every washing, to the evident delight of local housewives

Wass/wuss
Lad, not manservant as suggested by the Welsh word from which it is derived.

Watch points
Study the situation before taking action, as in "Watch points be 'ere now, then you'll get the 'ang of it!"

Weddol/Gweddol
A possible reply to "How are you feeling today?" The Welsh word 'gweddol' means 'fair'.

Went in for
Decided to proceed with, as in "They waited a couple of years before they went in for a family/house/car, etc., etc

Wfft!
Originally used, as the Welsh intends, to mean "Shame on them!", but it is also used - more rudely - to mean something like "Sucks to them!"

Whiff/wiff
A short rest; "I was out of puff from hurrying so I had a bit of a whiff on the seat..."

Whimberries/Wimberries
The local word for the succulent fruit picked by dedicated enthusiasts in late summer.

Whipper-in
The local school attendance officer.

Wilmuntin/Wilmuntan/Chwilmantan
Versions of the Welsh word meaning 'to pry'. IN local usage, it means not only to pry, but also to proceed to rummage about. "When that kid of 'ers 'ad finished wilmuntin in my cupboards, it was all shandivang!"

Winky, in a/like a...
Very quickly; "'E gaveme a real mouthful an' was out of the 'ouse like a winky before I could cop 'old of 'im!"

'Witched
Bewitched; "There'sweather we're 'aving - must be 'witched I think?"

Wit-wat
Unable to be depended on, inconsistent, as in "Oh she's wit-wat altogether, gul. She do say one thing an' then do something different altogether...". The Welsh word 'chit-chwat' means 'fickle'

With your finger in your mouth
Without the required means, as in "You'll have to find some money for the outing - you can't go there with your finger in your mouth!"

Wonky
Defective; "That new car of 'is, is wonky for sure - he's back and fore (to) the garage with it every whip-stitch!"

Wossname
Wenglish form of 'whotsisname'.

Wise, awake before...
Rising early, as in "He's up early every morning, reg'lar - an' if you ask me, he's awake before he's wise most mornings!"

Wrap up warm
An injunction to put on warm clothing before braving the cold weather.

Wyer
Wenglish for 'wire', similarly for 'fyer', 'lyer' etc.

Wy-luss
Wireless, radio; "I could kick myself - coming out this morning without my mac - it said on the wyluss to expect rain today - makes you feel such a fool getting caught like this...!"