W

W is the twenty-third letter of the modern Latin alphabet.

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

W was invented in the 7th century by Anglo-Saxon writers, it was originally a double U (hence its English name, because the /w/ sound was spelled "uu"). The Latin /w/ sound developed into Romance /v/; therefore V no longer adequately represented Germanic /w/. In German - like in Romance - the phoneme /w/ was lost, this is why German W represents /v/ rather than /w/. In Dutch, W is an approximant (with the exception of words with EEUW, which have [-e:w]).

In the Swedish and Finnish alphabets, "W" is seen as a variant of "V" and not a separate letter. It is however recognised and maintained in names, like "William".

Whiskey represents the letter W in the NATO phonetic alphabet.

W is also:

Two-letter combinations starting with W:

Words beginning with the letter W, suitable for teaching children the alphabet

  • waffle
  • wag
  • wallet
  • warrior
  • wash
  • watch
  • water
  • wax
  • wee
  • Wendy
  • wheel
  • whisper
  • whistle
  • whiz
  • William
  • willow
  • window
  • wishing well
  • wood
  • wool
  • wrinkle
  • wrong
  • Wyoming

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