- a pad or twist of straw, as used to rub down a horse.
- a twisted bit of straw used as a torch.
Origin of wisp
OTHER WORDS FROM wispwisplike, adjective
Words nearby wisp
How to use wisp in a sentence
Bumpy rides down La Ruta del Lechón, a stretch of highway known for its roast pork spits, wisps of smoke rising to the sky.A pernil-style pork tenderloin that conjures the smells of a Puerto Rican kitchen|Daniela Galarza|April 8, 2021|Washington Post
You could hear wisps of music and smell the earth, freshly turned over by spring worms, and there was a hint of something sugary in the air, something new.Before You Have That Bonfire of the Stretchy Pants, Consider Some Pandemic Wardrobe Habits You Should Keep|Susanna Schrobsdorff|April 4, 2021|Time
You wouldn’t think sound could travel very well on Mars—what with the planet’s bare wisp of an atmosphere, which is just 1% the thickness of ours.Listen to the Sounds of NASA's Perseverance Rover Driving on Mars|Jeffrey Kluger|March 18, 2021|Time
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
Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Rosemary flitted about like a will o' the wisp, and finally went to the window, where she stood looking wistfully out.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
As she left the wood she saw a big hay-stack, as firm and shapely of outline as a house, not a loose wisp anywhere.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
A wisp of wheat was knotted round her neck for a necklace, and a perfect sheaf of it in her hair.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
I was told that subsequent to that matter my will-o'-the-wisp was coming on here positively.The Weight of the Crown|Fred M. White