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Webster 1913 Edition


Whiff

Whiff

,
Noun.
[OE.
weffe
vapor, whiff, probably of imitative origin; cf. Dan.
vift
a puff, gust, W.
chwiff
a whiff, puff.]
1.
A sudden expulsion of air from the mouth; a quick puff or slight gust, as of air or smoke.
But with the
whiff
and wind of his fell sword
The unnerved father falls.
Shakespeare
The skipper, he blew a
whiff
from his pipe,
And a scornful laugh laughed he.
Longfellow.
2.
A glimpse; a hasty view.
[Prov. Eng.]
3.
(Zool.)
The marysole, or sail fluke.

Whiff

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Whiffed
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Whiffing
.]
1.
To throw out in whiffs; to consume in whiffs; to puff.
2.
To carry or convey by a whiff, or as by a whiff; to puff or blow away.
Old Empedocles, . . . who, when he leaped into Etna, having a dry, sear body, and light, the smoke took him, and
whiffed
him up into the moon.
B. Jonson.

Whiff

,
Verb.
I.
To emit whiffs, as of smoke; to puff.

Webster 1828 Edition


Whiff

WHIFF

,
Noun.
1.
A sudden expulsion of air from the mouth; a puff; as the whiff of a smoker.
And seasons his whiffs with impertinent jokes.
2.
In ichthyology, a species of Pleuronectes or flounder.

WHIFF

,
Verb.
T.
TO puff; to throw out in whiffs; to consume in whiffs.

Definition 2021


whiff

whiff

English

Noun

whiff (plural whiffs)

  1. A waft; a brief, gentle breeze; a light gust of air
  2. An odour carried briefly through the air
    • 2006 July 27, Ann Coulter, Hardball, MSNBC:
      ...everyone has always known, widely promiscuous heterosexual men have, as I say, a whiff of the bathhouse about them.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 2
      A whiff of rotten eggs had vanquished the pale clouded yellows which came pelting across the orchard and up Dods Hill and away on to the moor []
  3. A short inhalation of breath, especially of smoke from a cigarette or pipe
    • Longfellow
      The skipper, he blew a whiff from his pipe, / And a scornful laugh laughed he.
  4. (figuratively) a slight sign of something; a glimpse
    • 2012, Ben Smith, Leeds United 2-1 Everton
      This was a rare whiff of the big-time for a club whose staple diet became top-flight football for so long—the glamour was in short supply, however. Thousands of empty seats and the driving Yorkshire rain saw to that.
  5. (baseball) A strike (from the batter’s perspective)
  6. The megrim, a fish Lepidorhombus boscii or Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis.

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Verb

whiff (third-person singular simple present whiffs, present participle whiffing, simple past and past participle whiffed)

  1. (transitive) To waft.
  2. (transitive) To sniff.
  3. (intransitive, baseball) To strike out.
  4. (slang) To attempt to strike and miss, especially being off-balance/vulnerable after missing.
  5. To throw out in whiffs; to consume in whiffs; to puff.
  6. To carry or convey by a whiff, or as by a whiff; to puff or blow away.
    • Ben Jonson
      Old Empedocles, [] who, when he leaped into Etna, having a dry, sear body, and light, the smoke took him, and whiffed him up into the moon.

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Adjective

whiff (comparative more whiff, superlative most whiff)

  1. (colloquial) Having a strong or unpleasant odor.
    • 2002: Jim Rozen, Way oil in rec.crafts.metalworking
      Whoo boy that gear oil is pretty whiff. If you actually do this, spend the extra money for the synthetic gear oil as it will not have as bad a sulfur stink as the regular stuff.

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