[ waft, wahft ]
/ wæft, wɑft /
verb (used with object)
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.
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.
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
1535–45; back formation from late Middle English waughter armed escort vessel < Dutch or Low German wachter watchman; in some senses confused with waff
Related formswaft·er, nounun·waft·ed, adjective
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Examples 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 Formswaftage, 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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