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waff

[waf, wahf]
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noun Scot. and North England.
  1. a puff or blast of air, wind, etc.
  2. a brief view; glance.
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Origin of waff

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

Historical Examples

  • 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.'

    Erchie

    (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

waff

noun Scot and Northern English dialect
  1. a gust or puff of air
  2. a glance; glimpse
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verb
  1. to flutter or cause to flutter
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Word Origin

C16: Scottish and northern English variant of wave
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