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wispy

or wisp·ish

[wis-pee]
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adjective, wisp·i·er, wisp·i·est.
  1. being a wisp or in wisps; wisplike: a wispy plant.
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Origin of wispy

First recorded in 1710–20; wisp + -y1
Related formswisp·i·ly, adverbwisp·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for wispy

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Historical Examples

  • Then, as they cleared, the wispy man danced again, and seemed likely to die.

    Nights in London

    Thomas Burke

  • His hair, a wispy, sandy yellow, seemed as dimmed and faded as his eyes.

    The Red One

    Jack London

  • Some are close-packed and dense, like cumuli; some are wispy or mottled, like cirri.

    Curiosities of the Sky

    Garrett Serviss

  • His hair was mangy, standing out in isolated patches of wispy grey.

  • She had no teeth, wispy hair, and looked very underfed and starved.

    Fanny Goes to War

    Pat Beauchamp


British Dictionary definitions for wispy

wispy

adjective wispier or wispiest
  1. wisplike; delicate, faint, light, etc
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Derived Formswispily, adverbwispiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wispy

adj.

1717, from wisp + -y (2). Related: Wispiness.

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