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  Dictionary Definition of waif

waif
noun
1. a person without home or friends, especially a child.
2. a stray thing or article.
3. something found, of which the owner is not known, as an animal.
4. Also, waft. Nautical a signalling, or a signal given, by a flag rolled and stopped or fastened.
[ME, from AF, probably from Scandinavian; cf. Icel. veif oscillation]