Mots difficiles en anglais

wack job

cinglé, psychopathe (péj.) Let's cross the street. We don't want to walk next to that wack job on the corner who's walking in circles and talking to himself.

waiver

dispense

wanderlust

soif de voyages → « His wanderlust would not allow him to stay long in one spot. »

wang

= johnson, cock, prick, dick, dong

wank

se branler, branlette

ward off (to)

repousser urgent action is necessary to ward off the threat of starvation. she may have put up a fight to try to ward off her assailant.
parer (risque), conjurer, éviter. Ex : Tanning cream may ward off skin cancer.

warden

[+institution] directeur
[+park, game reserve] gardien
traffic warden = contractuel

warfare

guerre. Ex : their experience of modern warfare was very small. → chemical warfare : guerre chimique → biological warfare : guerre biologique → psychological warfare : guerre psychologique

wart

verrue, excroissance
wart hog = phacochère

washout

[party, plan] fiasco, échec
[person] raté he's a big washout!

watchdog

chien de garde
organisme de contrôle → « Britain's gas industry watchdog. »
consumer watchdog = organisme de défense des consommateurs

water lily

nénuphar

watermark

filigrane

weary

exténué, las she looked weary, a weary smile.
to be weary of = être las de
to weary of = se lasser de he's beginning to weary of sitting still.   
x war-weary = las de la guerre ; world-weary = las de ce monde

weed

1- mauvaise herbe → the garden's full of weeds. 2- gringalet 3- désherber → mum was busy weeding the garden.

weed

mauvaise herbe « the garden's full of weeds. »
désherber « mum was busy weeding the garden. »
marijuana « I'm spending the evening at home with some weed. »

weird

bizarre « He wasn't mad but he was certainly weird. » 
weirdo = type bizarre, farfelu.

whack job

dingo, taré You see that guy trying to make water flow uphill? He's a real whack job

when in Rome, do as the Romans do

à Rome, fais comme les Romains (expression)

whim

caprice => « she whent there on a whim ; i did it on a whim »

whimsical

fantasque « It's a good book, but has a very whimsical plot. »

whine

gémissement
[+siren, engine] hurlement the whine of air-raid sirens
pleurnicher, gémir The dog started to whine with impatience
[siren, engine] hurler The engines whined

whiny

geignard whiny little kids
  to whine = gémir, pleurnicher
  to whine  [siren, engine] = hurler

whip

fouet, cravache
to whip = battre to whip the cream
to crack the whip = to use one's authority to make someone work harder, usually by threatening or punishing them
whiplash = coup du lapin

whistleblower

dénonciateur, lanceur d'alerte. « Edward Snowden is a well known whistleblower. »

whizz

to whizz along = filer à toute vitesse
to whizz past = passer à toute vitesse Ten minutes later, the rest of the cyclists whizzed past.
whizz kid = petit prodige a financial whizz kid.

whopping

exorbitant he will do it for a whopping fee.
spectaculaire whopping pay increases.
[lie, mistake] énorme sometimes a whopping mistake in your writing is completely invisible to you until you print it out

wicked

[person] méchant
abject she described the shooting as a wicked attack.   
a wicked, cruel man = un homme méchant et cruel
It was clear that he had done something wicked = il était clair qu'il avait fait quelque chose de mal.
[sense of humour] diabolique she had a wicked sense of humour.   
a wicked grin = me lança un sourire diabolique.
[prices] monstrueux the prices are wicked in that shop.   
[waste] épouvantable it's a wicked waste of resources.
(=great, cool) méchamment cool the film was wicked ! He's had this wicked new haircut.

wig

perruque

wild boar

sanglier

wind up

1- remonter → to wind up the clockwork mouse => remonter une fenêtre → he started winding the window up. 2- [+company] fermer → They wound up the company last year. 3- terminer, clôturer → could we wind up this meeting as quickly as possible? 4- to wind up doing sth = finir par faire qch → I wound up walking all the way home → she'll wind up losing that bag if she doesn't look after it. 5- to wind up in jail se retrouver en prison → you'll wind up in jail if you carry on like this.

wino

ivrogne, poivrot

wisecrack

vanne, trait d'esprit → listen, bud, enough of the wisecracks, ok ?

wisecrack

vanne no more wisecracks!

wit (=wittiness)

esprit « the girl laughed at his wit » = La fille riait de ses traits d'esprits.
with great wit = avec beaucoup d'esprit  
witty man = homme d'esprit   
witty woman = femme d'esprit  
to have the wit to do sth = avoir la présence d'esprit de faire qch « No one had had the wit to bring a bottle-opener. »
to wit = à savoir « we speak in a language they don't know: to wit, English. » «
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wits = tête (fig.) to use one's wits to do sth = se servir de sa tête pour faire qch.
to have one's wits about one = avoir toute sa tête.        
to keep one's wits about one = garder la tête sur les épaules « she'd better learn to keep her wits about her. »
to pit one's wits against sb = rivaliser d'esprit avec qn  
to be at one's wits' end = ne plus savoir que faire « I'm at my wits' end. »

half-wit = idiot, imbécile

witty = spirituel, plein d'esprit.

witty remark = witticism = mot d'esprit, bon mot

without further ado

sans plus de cérémonie (=without more ado). « Without further ado, let's start. »
much ado about nothing = la montagne a accouché d'une souris.

woe

malheur,  infortune The woes of economic reform: poverty and income inequality.
a tale of woe = une histoire triste  « a tale of woe with a happy ending »
 a cry of woe un = cri de détresse
hélas woe is me! = pauvre de moi!

WOM

= Word of mouth = de bouche à oreille
Word of mouth marketing = marketing viral []

womb

utérus, matrice

worrisome

inquiétant « These are indeed worrisome times. »

wow factor

capacité à surprendre ; effet spectaculaire. « A small prop that gives you a big wow factor. »

wrangle

bataille → « a contractual wrangle between a football club and a player → he was involved in a legal wrangle with his cousin. »
to wrangle = se disputer → to wrangle with sb over sth (=se battre contre qn au sujet de qch) → « she had wrangled bitterly with her ex-husband over contact with their children. »

wrath

colère, courroux
wrath day = jour du Jugement dernier

wrinkle

1- ride 2- pli → he noticed a wrinkle in her stocking (bas)

wrinkle

ride

wtf

initiales de "what the fuck". Wtf, where have they been?!!
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