What does the word waif mean?

Usage examples for waif

  1. It was, however, something secret, and if it was secret, then it was- yes, it was love; and love between his daughter and that waif of the world- the world of the stage- in which men and women were only grown- up children, and bad grown- up children at that - it was not to be endured. – The Money Master, Volume 3. by Gilbert Parker
  2. The set of your sails, and the firmness of your grasp upon the tiller, determine whether the wind shall carry you to the haven or shall blow you out, a wandering waif, upon a shoreless and melancholy sea. – Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V) by Alexander Maclaren
  3. Hence, after the first unsuccessful effort, no further attempt had been made to discover the parentage of the little waif. – Idle Hour Stories by Eugenia Dunlap Potts