Whiff

  • 1 whiff´er — whiff «hwihf», noun, verb. –n. 1. a slight gust; puff; breath: »A whiff of fresh air cleared his head. Not a whiff of life left in either of the bodies (Thomas Hardy). 2. a blow. 3. a slight smell; puff of air having an odor: »a whiff of garlic.… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 2 whiff — [wıf] n [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: From the sound of a light movement of air carrying a smell] 1.) a very slight smell of something whiff of ▪ a whiff of tobacco get/catch a whiff of sth ▪ As she walked past, I caught a whiff of her perfume. 2.) a …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 3 Whiff — Whiff, n. [OE. weffe vapor, whiff, probably of imitative origin; cf. Dan. vift a puff, gust, W. chwiff a whiff, puff.] [1913 Webster] 1. A sudden expulsion of air from the mouth; a quick puff or slight gust, as of air or smoke. [1913 Webster] But …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Whiff — Whiff, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Whiffed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Whiffing}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To throw out in whiffs; to consume in whiffs; to puff. [1913 Webster] 2. To carry or convey by a whiff, or as by a whiff; to puff or blow away. [1913 Webster]… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 whiff — [ wıf, hwıf ] noun singular 1. ) a slight smell of something: Opening the door, she caught a whiff of cigarette smoke. 2. ) MAINLY LITERARY a slight amount or sign of something: a whiff of danger …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 6 Whiff — Whiff, v. i. To emit whiffs, as of smoke; to puff. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 whiff — [hwif, wif] n. [echoic] 1. a light puff or gust of air or wind; breath 2. a slight wave or gust of odor; faint momentary smell [a whiff of garlic] 3. an inhaling or exhaling, as of tobacco smoke ☆ 4. Informal a complete miss when attempting to… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 whiff — 13c., weffe foul scent or odor, of imitative origin. Modern form became popular late 16c. with tobacco smoking, probably influenced by whiffle blow in gusts or puffs (1560s). The verb in the baseball slang sense to swing at a ball and miss first… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 whiff — [n] smell of an odor aroma, blast, breath, dash, draught, flatus, fume, gust, hint, inhalation, odor, puff, scent, shade, smack, sniff, snuff, soupçon, trace, trifle, waft; concepts 599,601,602 …

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  • 10 whiff — ► NOUN 1) a smell that is smelt only briefly or faintly. 2) Brit. informal an unpleasant smell. 3) a trace or hint of something bad or exciting. 4) a puff or breath of air or smoke. ► VERB 1) get a brief or faint smell of. 2) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 whiff — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ faint, slight ▪ strong ▪ unmistakable (often figurative) ▪ The unmistakable whiff of electoral blackmail could be detected. ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 12 whiff — n. (colloq.) smell, odor 1) to get, have; take a whiff of (to get a good whiff of tear gas) 2) to give smb. a whiff of smt. 3) at a whiff (she lost consciousness at the first whiff of ether) * * * [wɪf] have take a whiff of (to get a good whiff… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 whiff — whiff1 whiffer, n. /hwif, wif/, n. 1. a slight gust or puff of wind, air, vapor, smoke, or the like: a whiff of fresh air. 2. a slight trace of odor or smell: a whiff of onions. 3. a single inhalation or exhalation of air, tobacco smoke, or the… …

    Universalium

  • 14 whiff — [[t](h)wɪ̱f[/t]] whiffs 1) N COUNT: usu sing, usu N of n If there is a whiff of a particular smell, you smell it only slightly or only for a brief period of time, for example as you walk past someone or something. He caught a whiff of her perfume …

    English dictionary

  • 15 whiff — noun (C) 1 a very slight smell of something (+ of): a whiff of garlic | get/catch a whiff of: As she walked past, I caught a whiff of her perfume. 2 a whiff of danger/adventure/freedom etc a slight sign that something dangerous, exciting etc… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 whiff — [[t](h)wɪf, wɪf[/t]] n. 1) a slight gust or puff of wind, air, vapor, smoke, or the like 2) a slight trace of odor or smell: a whiff of onions[/ex] 3) a single inhalation or exhalation of air, tobacco smoke, etc 4) a trace or hint: a whiff of… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 whiff — /wɪf / (say wif) noun 1. a slight blast or puff of wind or air: a whiff of fresh air. 2. a puff or waft of scent or smell: a whiff of honeysuckle. 3. a puff of vapour, smoke, etc. 4. a single inhalation or exhalation of air, tobacco smoke, or the …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 whiff — I. noun Etymology: imitative Date: 1591 1. a. a quick puff or slight gust especially of air, odor, gas, smoke, or spray b. an inhalation of odor, gas, or smoke c. a slight puffing or whistling sound 2. a slight trace or indication < a whiff of… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 whiff — 1. noun a) A waft; a brief, gentle breeze; a light gust of air everyone has always known, widely promiscuous heterosexual men have, as I say, a whiff of the bathhouse about them. b) An odour carried briefly through the air …

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  • 20 Whiff — Recorded in a number of spellings including Wife, Whife, Whiff, and the diminutives Whiffen, Whifen, Whyffen, and Whiffin, this is a very unusual medieval English surname. Deriving from the ancient pre 7th century word wif meaning woman, with the …

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