[hwif-uh l, wif-]
- to blow in light or shifting gusts or puffs, as the wind; veer or toss about irregularly.
- to shift about; vacillate; be fickle.
- to blow with light, shifting gusts.
Origin of whiffle
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Examples from the Web for whiffling
Tom anybody will do, so long as they are not of this whiffling century.The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb
What shameful pimping to the whiffling understandings of the timid!Pamphlets and Parodies on Political Subjects
It was the whiffling energy of the tornado that alone saved her.Jack Tier or The Florida Reef
James Fenimore Cooper
"I know nothing to compare with the whiffling of the north star," said Sancho, promptly.Mercedes of Castile
J. Fenimore Cooper
A convulsive squeeze and creaking, whiffling sounds heralded a fresh outburst.Beyond
- (intr) to think or behave in an erratic or unpredictable way
- to blow or be blown fitfully or in gusts
- (intr) to whistle softly
C16: frequentative of whiff 1
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Word Origin and History for whiffling
"flicker or flutter as if blown by the wind," 1660s; see whiff. The noun meaning "something light or insignificant" (1670s) is preserved in whiffle-ball (1931).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper