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whiffle

[hwif-uh l, wif-]
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verb (used without object), whif·fled, whif·fling.
  1. to blow in light or shifting gusts or puffs, as the wind; veer or toss about irregularly.
  2. to shift about; vacillate; be fickle.
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verb (used with object), whif·fled, whif·fling.
  1. to blow with light, shifting gusts.
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Origin of whiffle

First recorded in 1550–60; whiff1 + -le
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Related Words for whiffle

wobble, shake, lurch, careen, teeter, falter, reel, waffle, seesaw, waver, fluctuate, dither, oscillate, hesitate, pause, vacillate, tremble, vary, sway, quiver

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Historical Examples of whiffle

  • Then why not whiffle round now and just for a change be prepared for the best?

    Walter and the Wireless

    Sara Ware Bassett

  • Would not any one who wished to whiffle have to go to a master of the art.

    The Romany Rye

    George Borrow

  • Would not anyone who wished to whiffle have to go to a master of the art?

    The Romany Rye

    George Borrow

  • Would not any one who wished to whiffle have to go to a master of the art?

    The Romany Rye

    George Borrow

  • She wandered into the park at the foot of Whiffle Street and sat down.


British Dictionary definitions for whiffle

whiffle

verb
  1. (intr) to think or behave in an erratic or unpredictable way
  2. to blow or be blown fitfully or in gusts
  3. (intr) to whistle softly
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Word Origin for whiffle

C16: frequentative of whiff 1
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Word Origin and History for 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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