What does whiff mean?

Definitions for whiff
ʰwɪf, wɪfwhiff

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word whiff.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. puff, puff of air, whiffnoun

    a short light gust of air

  2. whiffnoun

    a lefteye flounder found in coastal waters from New England to Brazil

  3. whiffverb

    a strikeout resulting from the batter swinging at and missing the ball for the third strike

  4. sniff, whiffverb

    perceive by inhaling through the nose

    "sniff the perfume"

  5. whiffverb

    drive or carry as if by a puff of air

    "The gust of air whiffed away the clouds"

  6. whiffverb

    strike out by swinging and missing the pitch charged as the third

  7. puff, whiffverb

    smoke and exhale strongly

    "puff a cigar"; "whiff a pipe"

  8. whiffverb

    utter with a puff of air

    "whiff out a prayer"

Wiktionary

  1. whiffnoun

    A waft; a brief, gentle breeze; a light gust of air

  2. whiffnoun

    An odour carried briefly through the air

  3. whiffnoun

    A short inhalation of breath, especially of smoke from a cigarette or pipe

  4. whiffnoun

    A strike (from the batter's perspective)

  5. whiffnoun

    The megrim, a fish with scientific name Lepidorhombus boscii or Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis

  6. whiffverb

    To waft.

  7. whiffverb

    To sniff.

  8. whiffverb

    To strike out.

  9. whiffverb

    (slang) to attempt to strike and miss, especially being off-balance/vulnerable after missing.

  10. whiffadjective

    Having a strong or unpleasant odor.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. WHIFFnoun

    A blast; a puff of wind.

    Etymology: chwyth, Welsh.

    Pyrrhus at Priam drives, in rage strikes wide;
    But with the whiff and wind of his fell sword,
    Th’ unnerved father falls. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Who,
    If some unsav’ry whiff betray the crime,
    Invents a quarrel straight. Dryden.

    Three pipes after dinner he constantly smokes,
    And seasons his whiffs with impertinent jokes. Matthew Prior.

    Nick pulled out a boatswain’s whistle: upon the first whiff the tradesmen came jumping in. Arbuthnot.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whiffnoun

    a sudden expulsion of air from the mouth; a quick puff or slight gust, as of air or smoke

  2. Whiffnoun

    a glimpse; a hasty view

  3. Whiffnoun

    the marysole, or sail fluke

  4. Whiffverb

    to throw out in whiffs; to consume in whiffs; to puff

  5. Whiffverb

    to carry or convey by a whiff, or as by a whiff; to puff or blow away

  6. Whiffverb

    to emit whiffs, as of smoke; to puff

  7. Etymology: [OE. weffe vapor, whiff, probably of imitative origin; cf. Dan. vift a puff, gust, W. chwiff a whiff, puff.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Whiff

    hwif, n. a sudden puff of air or smoke from the mouth: a slight blast: a light kind of outrigger boat: (prov.) a glimpse.—v.t. to throw out in whiffs: to puff.—v.i. to go out or off in a whiff.—ns. Whiff′er; Whiff′et, a whipper-snapper.—v.i. Whiff′le, to veer about, blow in gusts: to be fickle: to prevaricate: to talk idly.—n. a fickle, light-headed person.—ns. Whiff′ler, a fickle person: a herald, usher, piper, leading the way in a procession; Whiff′lery, levity; Whift, a breath, snatch. [W. chwiff, a puff; imit.]

  2. Whiff

    hwif, v.i. to fish with a hand-line.—n. Whiff′ing. [Whip.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. whiff

    The Rhombus cardina, a passable fish of the pleuronect genus. Also, a slight fitful breeze or transient puff of wind.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whiff in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whiff in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of whiff in a Sentence

  1. Richard Clayton of Cambridge University:

    It's not so much a smoking gun as a faint whiff of smoke a long way away. Maybe there's something else going on. It's hard to tell.

  2. Jerry Morgan:

    He would be the last person on earth I would suspect, if I would have had even of whiff of that I would have fired him and slapped him upside his head.

  3. Margaret Duffy:

    There's a whiff of genuine concern and social responsibility that brands and advertisers are showing.

  4. P. J. O'Rourke:

    There’s a whiff of the lynch mob or the lemming migration about any over-large concentration of like-minded individuals, no matter how virtuous their cause.

  5. Chapman Cohen:

    Gods are fragile things they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.

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Translations for whiff

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  • повей, полъхBulgarian
  • HauchGerman
  • bocanadas, soplo, hálitoSpanish
  • henkäys, nuuhkaista, tuoksahdus, tuulahdus, lasikampela, lyödä ohi, tuulahtaaFinnish
  • bouffée, souffle, effluve, cardine francheFrench
  • vēsmaLatvian
  • ruiken, sterk, trek, geurig, teug, adem, vlaag, geur, snuiven, geuren, vleugDutch
  • дуновение, принюхиваться, мегрим, дуть, веять, затяжка, запашокRussian
  • کفناUrdu

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