[ wisp ]
/ wɪsp /


verb (used with object)

to twist into a wisp.

Nearby words

  1. wisht,
  2. wishy-washy,
  3. wiskott-aldrich syndrome,
  4. wislany zalew,
  5. wismar,
  6. wispy,
  7. wissler,
  8. wissler's syndrome,
  9. wissler, clark,
  10. wist

Origin of wisp

1300–50; Middle English wisp, wips; akin to wipe

Related formswisp·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for wisping


/ (wɪsp) /



Derived Formswisplike, adjective

Word Origin for wisp

C14: variant of wips, of obscure origin; compare wipe


/ (wɪsp) /

n acronym for

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Word Origin and History for wisping



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.

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