Spanish Words That Start with W

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No original Spanish words that start with a W

W is one of the least frequently used letters in the Spanish language. Although it is formally part of the Spanish alphabet, it is not very natural to the language. There are no original Spanish words that start with W.

Foreign words starting with W used in the Spanish langauge

Native Spanish speakers consistently use many words from other languages in these days, especially words of English origin. Most of these foreign words are written and pronounced in the same way as in their original language (e.g. internet and tech related words like wifi, website, webmaster, or webcam). These can hardly be considered Spanish words though.

Words adjusted to Spanish that start with W

A few words starting with W became so familiar in the Spanish language and so commonly used that native Spanish speakers have adjusted their spelling and/or pronunciation to better fit the nature of the Spanish language. These words typically look and sound like a blend between English and Spanish.

Words that start with W that can be considered at least a little Spanish are the following:

  • waterpolista (water polo player) with a typical Spanish ending
  • wikend (weekend) – alternatively, Spanish speakers also use the unadjusted form week-end
  • wellingtonia (giant sequoia) – this word has a natural Spanish equivalent, secoya gigante
  • whiski or wiski (whisky) and el whiskero (something or someone related to whisky)

Spanish verbs and adjectives that start with W

All the above words are nouns. One verb, also derived from whiski, is whisquear (to drink whisky). You can hear other foreign origin verbs or adjectives that start with W, but they usually can’t be considered part of the standard Spanish language.

Words that start with V in Spanish, but W in other languages

Some words of foreign origin that start with a W in their primary language changed the first letter to V in Spanish.

  • watt (the unit of power) is wat or vatio in Spanish
  • wagon begins with V instead of W in Spanish and has a long ó: vagón

There are not only words from English: waltz (the dance; from German) becomes vals in Spanish.

Summary: Spanish words that start with W

  • waterpolista
  • wikend
  • wellingtonia
  • whiski/wiski, whiskero, whisquear
  • wat
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