- See under whiff2.
- 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
- a passing odour
- a brief gentle gust of air
- a single inhalation or exhalation from the mouth or nose
- to come, convey, or go in whiffs; puff or waft
- to take in or breathe out (tobacco smoke, air, etc)
- (tr) to sniff or smell
- (intr) British slang to have an unpleasant smell; stink
- mainly British a narrow clinker-built skiff having outriggers, for one oarsman
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.