- 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 wafting
You walk in, or you talk to people, and you can just feel it wafting around you, warm and comforting.Can the Cleveland Clinic Save American Health Care?
February 26, 2013
The words seemed to just hang in the air, wafting on bitter irony.Hurricane Sandy Victim Jacob Vogelman’s Mother Remembers His Life
November 1, 2012
Enthusiasm is difficult to manufacture when the stink of failure is wafting through the air.Media Reactions to Newsweek’s Niall Ferguson-Obama Cover Story
August 21, 2012
Does Obama expect Hamid Karzai to surge toward Kandahar in 2011, wafting on doves of peace?Obama's False Ally
December 5, 2009
"Sit down," she said, wafting herself into a chair, and he obeyed her.Questionable Shapes
William Dean Howells
I pictured my last vision of her upon the hill, wafting me a farewell.The Sequel
George A. Taylor
That his return was heralded by wafting breezes with whisky laden.The Job
Other hands were on him, wafting him up the stairs as though riding a gale.Stover at Yale
A wafting of the spring smells came in at his back, and he stood with his bonnet in his hand.The Lost Pibroch
- 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 wafting
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.