- to carry lightly and smoothly through the air or over water: The gentle breeze wafted the sound of music to our ears.
- to send or convey lightly, as if in flight: The actress wafted kisses to her admirers in the audience.
- Obsolete. to signal to, summon, or direct by waving.
- to float or be carried, especially through the air: The sound wafted on the breeze. The music wafted across the lake.
- a sound, odor, etc., faintly perceived: a waft of perfume.
- a wafting movement; light current or gust: a waft of air.
- the act of wafting.
- Also waif. Nautical. a signal given by waving a flag.
Origin of waft
Examples from the Web for wafter
"And she carries herself like a wafter on the river," said the bargeman.Windsor Castle
William Harrison Ainsworth
- a device that causes a draught
- to carry or be carried gently on or as if on the air or water
- the act or an instance of wafting
- something, such as a scent, carried on the air
- a wafting motion
- Also called: waif nautical (formerly) a signal flag hoisted furled to signify various messages depending on where it was flown
Word Origin and History for wafter
1510s, "to carry over water," back-formation from obsolete wafter "convoy ship" (late 15c.), from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German wachter "a guard," from wachten "to guard," related to waken "rouse from sleep" (see wake (n.1)). The meaning "pass through air or space, float" is first attested 1704, and possibly shows some influence of northern dialect waff "cause to move to and fro" (1510s), a variant of wave. Related: Wafted; wafting.