What does whiff mean?

Definitions for whiffʰwɪf, wɪf

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. puff, puff of air, whiff(noun)

    a short light gust of air

  2. whiff(noun)

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

  3. whiff(verb)

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

  4. sniff, whiff(verb)

    perceive by inhaling through the nose

    "sniff the perfume"

  5. whiff(verb)

    drive or carry as if by a puff of air

    "The gust of air whiffed away the clouds"

  6. whiff(verb)

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

  7. puff, whiff(verb)

    smoke and exhale strongly

    "puff a cigar"; "whiff a pipe"

  8. whiff(verb)

    utter with a puff of air

    "whiff out a prayer"


  1. whiff(Noun)

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

  2. whiff(Noun)

    An odour carried briefly through the air

  3. whiff(Noun)

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

  4. whiff(Noun)

    A strike (from the batteru2019s perspective)

  5. whiff(Noun)

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

  6. whiff(Verb)

    To waft.

  7. whiff(Verb)

    To sniff.

  8. whiff(Verb)

    To strike out.

  9. whiff(Verb)

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

  10. whiff(Adjective)

    Having a strong or unpleasant odor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whiff(noun)

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

  2. Whiff(noun)

    a glimpse; a hasty view

  3. Whiff(noun)

    the marysole, or sail fluke

  4. Whiff(verb)

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

  5. Whiff(verb)

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

  6. Whiff(verb)

    to emit whiffs, as of smoke; to puff

  7. Origin: [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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Chapman Cohen:

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

  2. Chapman Cohen, (1868-1954):

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

  3. -Chapman Cohen:

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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Translations for whiff

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • полъх, повейBulgarian
  • HauchGerman
  • soplo, hálito, bocanadasSpanish
  • henkäys, tuulahtaa, lasikampela, tuulahdus, tuoksahdus, nuuhkaista, lyödä ohiFinnish
  • bouffée, souffle, effluve, cardine francheFrench
  • vēsmaLatvian
  • vlaag, vleug, geuren, snuiven, geur, geurig, adem, teug, trek, ruiken, sterkDutch
  • запашок, затяжка, принюхиваться, дуновение, мегрим, дуть, веятьRussian

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