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whiff

1
[ wif, hwif ]
/ wɪf, ʰwɪf /
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noun
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
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Origin of whiff

1
First recorded in 1600–10; origin uncertain; perhaps a variant of Middle English noun wef, wef(f)e “bad smell, stench”

OTHER WORDS FROM whiff

whiff·er, noun

Other definitions for whiff (2 of 2)

whiff2
[ wif, hwif ]
/ wɪf, ʰwɪf /

noun
any of several flatfishes having both eyes on the left side of the head, of the genus Citharichthys, as C. cornutus(horned whiff ), inhabiting Atlantic waters from New England to Brazil.

Origin of whiff

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First recorded in 1705–15; origin uncertain
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How to use whiff in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for whiff (1 of 2)

whiff1
/ (wɪf) /

noun
a passing odour
a brief gentle gust of air
a single inhalation or exhalation from the mouth or nose
verb

Derived forms of whiff

whiffer, noun

Word Origin for whiff

C16: of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for whiff (2 of 2)

whiff2
/ (wɪf) /

noun
mainly British a narrow clinker-built skiff having outriggers, for one oarsman

Word Origin for whiff

C19: special use of whiff 1
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