- to carry lightly and smoothly through the air or over water: The gentle breeze wafted the sound of music to our ears.
- to send or convey lightly, as if in flight: The actress wafted kisses to her admirers in the audience.
- Obsolete. to signal to, summon, or direct by waving.
- to float or be carried, especially through the air: The sound wafted on the breeze. The music wafted across the lake.
- a sound, odor, etc., faintly perceived: a waft of perfume.
- a wafting movement; light current or gust: a waft of air.
- the act of wafting.
- Also waif. Nautical. a signal given by waving a flag.
Origin of waft
Examples from the Web for waft
One fragrant breath of thee is as a waft of the joys of my youth!The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
The motion seemed to waft him off so that he knew nothing more.The World Beyond
Raymond King Cummings
The clinks of bits and stirrup-irons came down in a waft again.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Scarce a wind can blow that will not waft to you these voices.
Here is the west wind; but only to waft the enemy into our hands.Feats on the Fiord
- to carry or be carried gently on or as if on the air or water
- the act or an instance of wafting
- something, such as a scent, carried on the air
- a wafting motion
- Also called: waif nautical (formerly) a signal flag hoisted furled to signify various messages depending on where it was flown
Word Origin and History for waft
1510s, "to carry over water," back-formation from obsolete wafter "convoy ship" (late 15c.), from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German wachter "a guard," from wachten "to guard," related to waken "rouse from sleep" (see wake (n.1)). The meaning "pass through air or space, float" is first attested 1704, and possibly shows some influence of northern dialect waff "cause to move to and fro" (1510s), a variant of wave. Related: Wafted; wafting.