1) A satyr or faun, a wild man of the woods.
Reaney has Wudewuse as a Yorkshire by-name in 1251. The figures of such beings were decorative motifs: 1381 lectum meum broudatum cum signis de wodewese et arboribus, Durham
1498 sex cocliaria optima arg. Cum wodwoshes, Beverley. It may be that this word influenced the spelling of 'woad-ash', used by dyers: 1520-30 Item ix ston of wodwys.