- 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
Related formswisp·like, adjective
Examples from the Web for 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|Jamie Dettmer|March 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Susan took her horse there; loosened his girths, and rubbed him down with a wisp of straw.Half a Life-time Ago|Elizabeth Gaskell
No—all gone; and my eyebrows and mustache, and every wisp of hair from my head.The American Baron|James De Mille
It was only a wisp of motion, a mere flutter in the aspens, and as soon as Ted spotted it, he lost it.Double Challenge|James Arthur Kjelgaard