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[hwif-uh l, wif-] /ˈʰwɪf əl, ˈwɪf-/
verb (used without object), whiffled, whiffling.
to blow in light or shifting gusts or puffs, as the wind; veer or toss about irregularly.
to shift about; vacillate; be fickle.
verb (used with object), whiffled, whiffling.
to blow with light, shifting gusts.
Origin of whiffle
1550-60; whiff1 + -le Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • A convulsive squeeze and creaking, whiffling sounds heralded a fresh outburst.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • What shameful pimping to the whiffling understandings of the timid!

  • Tom anybody will do, so long as they are not of this whiffling century.

  • For a sound like the whiffling of a wind through dry sticks combined with the creaking of a saw had, impinged on his senses.

    The Burning Spear John Galsworthy
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for whiffling


(intransitive) to think or behave in an erratic or unpredictable way
to blow or be blown fitfully or in gusts
(intransitive) to whistle softly
Word Origin
C16: frequentative of whiff1
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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
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