Pronunciation: (wāf), [key]
1. a person, esp. a child, who has no home or friends.
2. something found, esp. a stray animal, whose owner is not known.
3. a stray item or article: to gather waifs of gossip.
4. Naut.waft (def. 8).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.