Cool Words for Gamers: Waghalter – Wurp

You’ve probably already heard the whoopubb about this week’s words…

By William McAusland (Outland Arts)
By William McAusland (Outland Arts)


Last week, I tackled the “U” and “V” words. This week, in our penultimate article we hurl ourselves into the Ws!:

  • Waghalter a rogue likely to swing from the gallows (or in AD&D a 3rd-level assassin)
  • Waif a person, especially a child, who is homeless, friendless or neglected
  • Waxen made of, treated with, or covered with wax
  • Weal sound, prosperous or healthy state
  • Wean a child
  • Wedbedrip an agreement under which a feudal lord’s tenant was bund to provide him with a day’s reaping from the tenant’s land
  • Welkin a sky with woolly clouds
  • Welter to roll about, writhe or wallow; to surge, heave or toss; to lie drenched in liquid (especially blood); a confused mass
  • Whelve to turn something over and hide something beneath it or to bury something
  • Whifling an insignificant creature
  • Whimling a weak, childish person
  • Whippersnapper intrusive young upstart
  • Whiteliver a coward
  • Whoopubb a hubbub
  • Widdershins in a left-handed, wrong, or contrary direction; counter clockwise
  • Wong meadowlands, common land
  • Woup a hoop or ring, especially of plain metal, unset with stones
  • Wurp a stone’s throw; a glance of the eye

More Cool Words?

Do you know other cool, but odd, words beginning with the letter “W”? If you do, share them in the comments below and add to your fellow gamers’ vocabulary!

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Creighton is the publisher at Raging Swan Press and the designer of the award winning adventure Madness at Gardmore Abbey. He has designed many critically acclaimed modules such as Retribution and Shadowed Keep on the Borderlands and worked with Wizards of the Coast, Paizo, Expeditious Retreat Press, Rite Publishing and Kobold Press.

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