[waf, wahf]

noun Scot. and North England.

a puff or blast of air, wind, etc.
a brief view; glance.

Origin of waff

1590–1600; derivative of dial. waff to wave
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Examples from the Web for waff

Historical Examples of waff

  • In Cumberland this apparition is known by the peasantry as a ‘swarth,’ and in Yorkshire by the name of a ‘waff.’

    The Ghost World

    T. F. Thiselton (Thomas Firminger Thiselton) Dyer

  • A sudden affection, producing a bodily ailment; as a waff of cauld, S.  6.

  • He was that prood he was walkin' sae far back on his heels that a waff o' win' wad hae couped him, and whustlin' 'Dark Lochnagar.'


    (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro

  • "You are very much afraid of a waff of wind blowing on your cousin's name," I would cry.

    John Splendid

    Neil Munro

  • Waffle, wof′l, n. a kind of batter-cake, baked over the fire in an iron utensil of hinged halves called a Waff′le-ī′ron.

British Dictionary definitions for waff


noun Scot and Northern English dialect

a gust or puff of air
a glance; glimpse


to flutter or cause to flutter

Word Origin for waff

C16: Scottish and northern English variant of wave
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