- a pad or twist of straw, as used to rub down a horse.
- a twisted bit of straw used as a torch.
verb (used with object)
Origin of wisp
Examples from the Web for wisp
Contemporary Examples of wisp
A thin man with a wisp of a goatee beard, he struggles with a stutter to explain what happened to him that day.Photographs Expose Russian-Trained Killers in Kiev
March 30, 2014
Historical Examples of wisp
"Sure I'm only rowling a wisp of straw on my leg," replied Hosey.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
Good Indian twisted a wisp of mane in his fingers, and frowned abstractedly.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
She withdrew her arm from his and struck him lightly with a wisp of hay.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
The visitor, by its attraction, drew from the nebula a wisp of gas.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
A wisp of her hair caressed his right ear, but somehow did not relax his temper.The Trimming of Goosie
Word Origin for wisp
n acronym for
c.1300, "handful or bundle of hay, grass, etc.," used for burning or cleaning or as a cushion; perhaps from an unrecorded Old English word, cognate with Norwegian and Swedish visp "wisp," of unknown origin; sometimes said to be connected with whisk or with Middle Low German and Middle Dutch wispel "a measure of grain." Meaning "thin, filmy portion" first attested 1836.