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or wispish

[wis-pee] /ˈwɪs pi/
adjective, wispier, wispiest.
being a wisp or in wisps; wisplike:
a wispy plant.
Origin of wispy
First recorded in 1710-20; wisp + -y1
Related forms
wispily, adverb
wispiness, noun Unabridged
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  • 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
  • The Professor-Commander was very old, with wispy grey hair and a network of wrinkles surrounding his eyes.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for wispy


adjective wispier, wispiest
wisplike; delicate, faint, light, etc
Derived Forms
wispily, adverb
wispiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wispy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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