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.

Origin of whiffler

1
First recorded in 1600–10; whiffle + -er1

whiffler

2
[hwif-ler, wif-]
noun History/Historical.
  1. an attendant who clears the way for a procession.

Origin of whiffler

2
1530–40; earlier wiffler armed attendant, equivalent to wiffle (variant of Middle English wifle, Old English wifel battle-ax) + -er1
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whiffler

1
noun
  1. a person who whiffles

whiffler

2
noun
  1. archaic an attendant who cleared the way for a procession

Word Origin for whiffler

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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