noun Etymology: probably alteration of whippet Date: 1839 a small, young, or unimportant person

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  • Whiffet — Whif fet, n. A little whiff or puff. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whiffet — [hwif′it, wif′it] n. [dim. of WHIFF] 1. a little whiff, or puff 2. Informal an insignificant, esp. young, person …   English World dictionary

  • whiffet — /hwif it, wif /, n. Informal. an insignificant person; whippersnapper. [1795 1805, Amer.; WHIFF1 + ET, modeled on whippet] * * * …   Universalium

  • whiffet — Synonyms and related words: a nobody, a nothing, breath, breath of air, capful of wind, cipher, common man, dummy, figurehead, flatus, insignificancy, jackstraw, lightweight, little fellow, little guy, man of straw, mediocrity, nebbish, nobody,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • whiffet — paltry person; little dog Unusual Animals …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • whiffet — whif·fet …   English syllables

  • whiffet — ˈhwifə̇t also ˈwi noun ( s) Etymology: probably alteration of whippet 1. : a very small dog 2. : a small, young, or unimportant person : whippersnapper …   Useful english dictionary

  • whif|fle|tree — «HWIHF uhl TREE», noun. the swinging, horizontal crossbar of a carriage or wagon, to which the traces of a harness are fastened; singletree. Also, whippletree. ╂[American English, variant of whippletree, apparently < whip in sense of “move… …   Useful english dictionary

  • breath — Synonyms and related words: Aqua Lung, a breath, afterdamp, amaze, anima, anima humana, animating force, aroma, artificial respiration, aspiration, asthmatic wheeze, astonish, astound, atman, ba, bated breath, bathmism, beating heart, biological… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • cipher — Synonyms and related words: Aesopian language, Babel, Greek, John Hancock, X, a nobody, a nothing, add, algebraize, allegory, alphabetic character, argot, aught, autograph, babble, binary digit, bit, break, calculate, cant, cast, character,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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