verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of waft
Examples from the Web for waft
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin 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.