horned whiff

whiff

2
[hwif, wif]
noun
  1. any of several flatfishes having both eyes on the left side of the head, of the genus Citharichthys, as C. cornutus (horned whiff), inhabiting Atlantic waters from New England to Brazil.

Origin of whiff

2
First recorded in 1705–15; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for horned whiff

whiff

1
noun
  1. a passing odour
  2. a brief gentle gust of air
  3. a single inhalation or exhalation from the mouth or nose
verb
  1. to come, convey, or go in whiffs; puff or waft
  2. to take in or breathe out (tobacco smoke, air, etc)
  3. (tr) to sniff or smell
  4. (intr) British slang to have an unpleasant smell; stink
Derived Formswhiffer, noun

Word Origin for whiff

C16: of imitative origin

whiff

2
noun
  1. mainly British a narrow clinker-built skiff having outriggers, for one oarsman

Word Origin for whiff

C19: special use of whiff 1
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Word Origin and History for horned whiff

whiff

n.

13c., weffe "foul scent or odor," of imitative origin. Modern form became popular late 16c. with tobacco smoking, probably influenced by whiffle "blow in gusts or puffs" (1560s). The verb in the baseball slang sense "to swing at a ball and miss" first recorded 1913.

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