[ waft, wahft ]
/ wæft, wɑft /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to float or be carried, especially through the air: The sound wafted on the breeze. The music wafted across the lake.



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Origin of waft

1535–45; back formation from late Middle English waughter armed escort vessel < Dutch or Low German wachter watchman; in some senses confused with waff


waft·er, nounun·waft·ed, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for wafter

  • "And she carries herself like a wafter on the river," said the bargeman.

    Windsor Castle|William Harrison Ainsworth

British Dictionary definitions for wafter (1 of 2)

/ (ˈwɑːftə, ˈwɒf-) /


a device that causes a draught

British Dictionary definitions for wafter (2 of 2)

/ (wɑːft, wɒft) /


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

Derived forms of waft

waftage, noun

Word Origin for waft

C16 (in obsolete sense: to convey by ship): back formation from C15 wafter a convoy vessel, from Middle Dutch wachter guard, from wachten to guard; influenced by waff
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