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wa'

[waw, wah] /wɔ, wɑ/
noun
1.
Scot. wall.

WA

1.
Washington (approved especially for use with zip code).
2.
Banking. withholding agent.

W.A.

1.
West Africa.
2.
Western Australia.
3.
Marine Insurance. with average.
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  • I'll bet he wa'n't sorry when Sadie shows up on deck and waves for us to come on.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • One time he landed in Pocatello when there wa'n't but one game in town.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Maybe they wa'n't all hundreds clear to the core, but that's what was on the outside.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • Say, Letty, wa'n't it about this kind o' weather the day we were married?

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • If it wa'n't for the consoling I get there, I'd of wished myself dead many a time.

  • I guess 't wouldn't ha' been put in jest that way if there wa'n't somethin' in it.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Fact is, Parson Lothrop wa'n't fond o' inter-ferin'; he was a master hand to slick things over.

    Oldtown Fireside Stories Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • But they wa'n't curls, and they wouldn't ha' been short if I hadn't cut 'em.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for wa

WA

abbreviation
1.
Washington (state)
2.
Western Australia
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Related Abbreviations for wa

WA

1.
Washington
2.
with average
3.
word after (shortwave transmission)
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