or wisp·ish


adjective, wisp·i·er, wisp·i·est.

being a wisp or in wisps; wisplike: a wispy plant.

Origin of wispy

First recorded in 1710–20; wisp + -y1
Related formswisp·i·ly, adverbwisp·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for wispish

Historical Examples of wispish

  • Ordinarily that will-o'-the wispish little person could be seen, heard, or felt wherever she was.

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  • His eyes caught the wispish trail of white vapor high above the cliffs before he saw the rocket itself.

British Dictionary definitions for wispish


adjective wispier or wispiest

wisplike; delicate, faint, light, etc
Derived Formswispily, adverbwispiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wispish



1717, from wisp + -y (2). Related: Wispiness.

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