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whiffler

1

[ hwif-ler, wif- ]

noun

  1. a person who frequently shifts opinions, attitudes, interests, etc.
  2. a person who is vacillating or evasive in an argument.


whiffler

2

[ hwif-ler, wif- ]

noun

, History/Historical.
  1. an attendant who clears the way for a procession.

whiffler

1

/ ˈwɪflə /

noun

  1. archaic.
    an attendant who cleared the way for a procession


whiffler

2

/ ˈwɪflə /

noun

  1. a person who whiffles
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Word History and Origins

Origin of whiffler1

First recorded in 1600–10; whiffle + -er 1

Origin of whiffler2

First recorded in 1530–40; earlier wiffler “armed attendant,” equivalent to wiffle (variant of Middle English wifle, Old English wifel “battle-ax”) + -er 1. The spelling with wh probably arose by asociation with whiff 1( def ).
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Word History and Origins

Origin of whiffler1

C16: from wifle battle-axe, from Old English wifel, of Germanic origin; the attendants originally carried weapons to clear the way
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Example Sentences

The ‘whiffler’ was the official sword-flourisher of the Corporation.

In any show he will be one, though he be but a whiffler or a torch-bearer, and bears down strangers with the story of his actions.

Superintendent Whiffler came over, by-and-by, to see his successor.

Mr. Whiffler sighs, ‘these children, Saunders, make one quite an old man.’

At length Mrs. Whiffler is heard to say, ‘Mr. Saunders, shall I give you some pudding?’

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