- 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 wisplike
Historical Examples of wisplike
Little and wisplike physically he seems to blow about with every breeze of politics.Behind the Mirrors
Clinton W. Gilbert
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.