verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of waft
Examples from the Web for wafter
"And she carries herself like a wafter on the river," said the bargeman.Windsor Castle|William Harrison Ainsworth
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.