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Ranks, Offices, and Titles

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wagoner
a teamster not for hire.
wainwright
a wagon maker
waiter (female~ress)
dom a carrier of any sort of goods including meals in a cafe or household. [DOT]
a watchman at the city gates. [OED]
a man (or more rarely a woman) whose office or priviledge it is to attend upon a superior.
see also tide waiter,
waithman
a hunter, esp. applied to forest outlaws. [OED]
walker Also: wauker
a fuller (=M.E. walkcere one who fulls cloth with his feet)
warder (female~ress)
a guard or jailor
Brit a prison official
warfinger
naut a person in charge of a docking facility, authorizing ships to dock and collecting fees for that privilege. cf harbormaster
warrant officer
mil an officer ranking between commissioned officers and NCOs.
waterman (=boatman)
weaver
one who weaves yarns or threads into textile fabrics, a stage in the process of cloth-making.
webbe (femalewebster)
a weaver.
an operator of a loom.
welter
a heavy rider or boxer.
colloq a big person or thing.
werewolf
a being of medieval superstition who occasionally changed from a person into a wolf, esp. one with a taste for human flesh.
whaler
a whaling ship or a seaman engaged in whaling.
wharfinger
owner or keeper of a wharf
wheeler
(=wheelwright)
a horse harnessed next to the wheels and behind another.
wheeler-dealer 
colloq one who wheels and deals (=engage in political or commercial scheming)
wheelwright
one who made or repaired wheels, wheeled carriages, etc.
wherryman
a person employed on a wherry (=a light boat for conveying passengers).
cf ferryman
Whig
hist polit a member of the British reforming and constitutional party that after 1688 sought the supremacy of Parliament and was eventually succeeded in the 19th c. by the Liberal party (opp. Tory)
a 17th c. Scottish Presbyterian
a supporter of the American Revolution
a member of the 19th c. American political party succeeded by the Republicans.
whip
a member of a political party in a legislative body appointed to control its party discipline and tactics, esp ensuring attendance and voting in debates.
whipping boy
a boy educated with a young prince and punished in his stead.
whitesmith
(=tinsmith)
a worker of metal goods who finishes or polishes the work, as opposed to one who forges them.
whitewing
a street sweeper
whitster
a bleacher of cloth.
widow (male~er)
a person whose spouse has died and who has not remarried.
informal a woman whose husband is often away pursuing a sport or hobby; (e.g. golf-~).
wight /wīt/
obs a living being; a creature.
winder
a cloth-maker employed to wind spun yarn on spindles or bobbins.
wool stapler
a clothier, a sorter, but originally (1500s) an expert merchant who was a member of a group who had a monopoly on wool export. [DOT]
woolstead man
a dealer in woollen cloth.
wraith
a ghost or apparition
the spectral appearance of a living person, potending death. (spectral=ghostlike).
-wright
one that repairs or constructs something.
a suffix designating a workman specializing in a particular trade, as a wheelwright, cartwright, etc.
wuzzer
a cloth worker who dried wet wool by whirling it round and round. [DOT]

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