- 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
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Little and wisplike physically he seems to blow about with every breeze of politics.Behind the Mirrors|Clinton W. Gilbert
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Word Origin and History for wisplike
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.