Associations to the word «Waif»
WAIF, noun. (obsolete) 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.
WAIF, noun. (obsolete) Hence, anything found, or without an owner; that which comes along, as it were, by chance.
WAIF, noun. A wanderer; a castaway; a stray; a homeless child.
WAIF, noun. (botany) (of a plant outside its native range) A plant that has been introduced but is not persistently naturalized.
WAIF, noun. A homeless child especially one forsaken or orphaned; "street children beg or steal in order to survive".
Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.