[ waf, wahf ]

nounScot. and North England.
  1. a puff or blast of air, wind, etc.

  2. a brief view; glance.

Origin of waff

1590–1600; derivative of dial. waff to wave

Words Nearby waff

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How to use waff in a sentence

  • "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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • But the natives just call it a Wiff-waff—on account of the way it waves its tail, swimming, I imagine.

British Dictionary definitions for waff


/ (wæf, wɑːf) /

nounScot and Northern English dialect
  1. a gust or puff of air

  2. a glance; glimpse

  1. to flutter or cause to flutter

Origin of waff

C16: Scottish and northern English variant of wave

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