- 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 wisped
Historical Examples of wisped
I saw by the way she wisped the shawl round her full white chin that I was welcome to pass her if I would.An Isle in the Water
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.