I. noun Etymology: alteration of earlier wifler, from obsolete wifle battle-ax Date: 1539 British one that clears the way for a procession II. noun Etymology: whiffle Date: 1607 1. a person who frequently changes opinions or course 2. a person who uses shifts and evasions in argument

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Whiffler — Whif fler, n. [1913 Webster] 1. One who whiffles, or frequently changes his opinion or course; one who uses shifts and evasions in argument; hence, a trifler. [1913 Webster] Every whiffler in a laced coat who frequents the chocolate house shall… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whiffler — [hwif′lər, wif′lər] n. [< WHIFFLE + ER] a person who vacillates or shifts position frequently in argument …   English World dictionary

  • whiffler — whiffler1 /hwif leuhr, wif /, n. 1. a person who frequently shifts opinions, attitudes, interests, etc. 2. a person who is vacillating or evasive in an argument. [1600 10; WHIFFLE + ER1] whiffler2 /hwif leuhr, wif /, n. Hist. an attendant who… …   Universalium

  • Whiffler — An attendant who carried a battle axe or spear; one who used a spear or staff to clear a way through a crowd. [< OldEngl. wifel = a javelin] …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • whiffler — n. indecisive person; evasive person …   English contemporary dictionary

  • whiffler — whif·fler …   English syllables

  • whiffler — I. ˈ(h)wiflə(r) noun ( s) Etymology: alteration of earlier wifler, from obsolete English wifle battle ax (from Middle English, from Old English wifel dart, javelin) + English …   Useful english dictionary

  • Melbourne Cup — Group I race Melbourne Cup Engraving of the finish line at the 1881 Cup Location Flemington Racecourse Melbourne, Australia Inaugurated 1861 (List of Melbourne Cup winners …   Wikipedia

  • AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes — The AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a Group 1 Australian thoroughbred horse race at Weight for Age, run over a distance of 2000 metres at Randwick Racecourse, Sydney in April/May. Prizemoney in 2008 was AUD$502,100.Race history* From 1851 to 1872… …   Wikipedia

  • Craven Plate — The Craven Plate is an AJC Group 3 Australian Thoroughbred horse race run over 2,000 metres, under Weight for Age conditions for horses aged three year old and upwards, at Randwick Racecourse, Sydney in October. Total prize money for the race is… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”