[ wey-fer ]
/ ˈweɪ fər /


verb (used with object)

to seal, close, or attach by means of a wafer or wafers: to wafer a letter.


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Origin of wafer

1350–1400; Middle English wafre < Middle Dutch wafer, variant of wafel waffle1


wa·fer·like, wa·fer·y, adjective

Words nearby wafer

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British Dictionary definitions for wafer

/ (ˈweɪfə) /


a thin crisp sweetened biscuit with different flavourings, served with ice cream, etc
Christianity a thin disc of unleavened bread used in the Eucharist as celebrated by the Western Church
pharmacol an envelope of rice paper enclosing a medicament
electronics a large single crystal of semiconductor material, such as silicon, on which numerous integrated circuits are manufactured and then separated
a small thin disc of adhesive material used to seal letters, documents, etc


(tr) to seal, fasten, or attach with a wafer

Derived forms of wafer

wafer-like or wafery, adjective

Word Origin for wafer

C14: from Old Northern French waufre, from Middle Low German wāfel; related to waffle 1
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