whiffle

[ hwif-uh l, wif- ]
/ ˈʰwɪf əl, ˈwɪf- /

verb (used without object), whif·fled, whif·fling.

to blow in light or shifting gusts or puffs, as the wind; veer or toss about irregularly.
to shift about; vacillate; be fickle.

verb (used with object), whif·fled, whif·fling.

to blow with light, shifting gusts.

Origin of whiffle

First recorded in 1550–60; whiff1 + -le
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British Dictionary definitions for whiffle

whiffle

/ (ˈwɪfəl) /

verb

(intr) to think or behave in an erratic or unpredictable way
to blow or be blown fitfully or in gusts
(intr) to whistle softly

Word Origin for whiffle

C16: frequentative of whiff 1
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Word Origin and History for whiffle

whiffle


v.

"flicker or flutter as if blown by the wind," 1660s; see whiff. The noun meaning "something light or insignificant" (1670s) is preserved in whiffle-ball (1931).

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