- a handful or small bundle of straw, hay, or the like.
- any thin tuft, lock, mass, etc.: wisps of hair.
- a thin puff or streak, as of smoke; slender trace.
- a person or thing that is small, delicate, or barely discernible: a mere wisp of a lad; a wisp of a frown.
- a whisk broom.
- Chiefly British Dialect.
- a pad or twist of straw, as used to rub down a horse.
- a twisted bit of straw used as a torch.
- a will-o'-the-wisp or ignis fatuus.
- to twist into a wisp.
Origin of wisp
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Historical Examples of wisplike
Little and wisplike physically he seems to blow about with every breeze of politics.Behind the Mirrors
Clinton W. Gilbert
- a thin, light, delicate, or fibrous piece or strand, such as a streak of smoke or a lock of hair
- a small bundle, as of hay or straw
- anything slender and delicatea wisp of a girl
- a mere suggestion or hint
- a flock of birds, esp snipe
- (intr often foll by away) to move or act like a wisp
- (tr) mainly British dialect to twist into a wisp
- (tr) mainly British to groom (a horse) with a wisp of straw, etc
Word Origin for wisp
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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.