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horned whiff

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[hwif, wif]
  1. any of several flatfishes having both eyes on the left side of the head, of the genus Citharichthys, as C. cornutus (horned whiff), inhabiting Atlantic waters from New England to Brazil.

Origin of whiff2

First recorded in 1705–15; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for horned whiff


  1. a passing odour
  2. a brief gentle gust of air
  3. a single inhalation or exhalation from the mouth or nose
  1. to come, convey, or go in whiffs; puff or waft
  2. to take in or breathe out (tobacco smoke, air, etc)
  3. (tr) to sniff or smell
  4. (intr) British slang to have an unpleasant smell; stink
Derived Formswhiffer, noun

Word Origin

C16: of imitative origin


  1. mainly British a narrow clinker-built skiff having outriggers, for one oarsman

Word Origin

C19: special use of whiff 1
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Word Origin and History for horned 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 recorded 1913.

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