- a person who frequently shifts opinions, attitudes, interests, etc.
- a person who is vacillating or evasive in an argument.
Origin of whiffler1
- an attendant who clears the way for a procession.
Origin of whiffler2
1530–40; earlier wiffler armed attendant, equivalent to wiffle (variant of Middle English wifle, Old English wifel battle-ax) + -er1
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Examples from the Web for whiffler
The ‘whiffler’ was the official sword-flourisher of the Corporation.The Romany Rye
In any show he will be one, though he be but a whiffler or a torch-bearer, and bears down strangers with the story of his actions.
Superintendent Whiffler came over, by-and-by, to see his successor.
Mr. Whiffler sighs, ‘these children, Saunders, make one quite an old man.’
At length Mrs. Whiffler is heard to say, ‘Mr. Saunders, shall I give you some pudding?’
- a person who whiffles
- archaic an attendant who cleared the way for a procession
C16: from wifle battle-axe, from Old English wifel, of Germanic origin; the attendants originally carried weapons to clear the way
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