Whiffled
Whiffle Whif"fle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Whiffled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Whiffling}.] [Freq. of whiff to puff, perhaps influenced by D. weifelen to waver.] [1913 Webster] 1. To waver, or shake, as if moved by gusts of wind; to shift, turn, or veer about. --D?mpier. [1913 Webster]

2. To change from one opinion or course to another; to use evasions; to prevaricate; to be fickle. [1913 Webster]

A person of whiffing and unsteady turn of mind can not keep close to a point of controversy. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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