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Definition of Waif
- [n.] - Goods found of which the owner is not known; originally, such goods as a pursued thief threw away to prevent being apprehended, which belonged to the king unless the owner made pursuit of the felon, took him, and brought him to justice.
- [n.] - Hence, anything found, or without an owner; that which comes along, as it were, by chance.
- [n.] - A wanderer; a castaway; a stray; a homeless child.