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Friday, February 10, 2017

Definitions for whiffler

  1. a person who frequently shifts opinions, attitudes, interests, etc.
  2. a person who is vacillating or evasive in an argument.

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Citations for whiffler
Ay, ay; he's a whiffler, but a good man on a sea-elephant. James Fenimore Cooper, The Sea Lions; or, The Lost Sealers, 1849
... that he was not a whiffler, to stand upon ceremony about disturbing a gentleman in his last moments ... Maria Edgeworth, The Absentee, 1812
Origin of whiffler
Whiffler has a sense that is now sadly obsolete, “one who smokes tobacco,” dating from the early 17th century. Its current sense dates from the mid-17th century.