Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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WAW, n.2 Also wa. A wave (of the sea). Phr. atween the wind and the wa, in great straits or poverty. See also Wind, n., 1. (1). Sc. 1821  Scott Pirate xxix.:
Through all the waws, wells, and swelchies of the Pentland Firth.
Abd. 1881  W. Paul Past and Present 135:
“Gin she was sae bonny, what made her tak the like o you? ” “O, said Johnny, ye see, she was atween the win' and the wa, and that made her the mair pliable.”

[O.Sc. waw (not always distinguishable in spelling from wave), Mid.Eng. waȝe, wawe, id., of somewhat uncertain orig., prob., related to O.E. waȝian, to sway, wave. N.E.D. suggests that the N.Eng. and Sc. forms may derive from the cogn. O.N. vagr, a wave.]

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