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whiff

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noun \ˈhwif, ˈwif\

Simple Definition of whiff

  • : a slight smell of something : an odor that is weak

  • : a slight trace or indication

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of whiff

  1. 1 a :  a quick puff or slight gust especially of air, odor, gas, smoke, or spray b :  an inhalation of odor, gas, or smoke c :  a slight puffing or whistling sound

  2. 2 :  a slight trace or indication <a whiff of scandal>

  3. 3 :  strikeout

Examples of whiff in a sentence

  1. I got a whiff of new paint when I entered the room.

  2. I detected a whiff of sarcasm in her voice.

  3. The pitcher had eight whiffs during the game.



Origin and Etymology of whiff

imitative


First Known Use: 1591


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whiff

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Simple Definition of whiff

  • : to notice (a smell)

  • baseball of a pitcher : to cause (a batter) to be out by pitching three strikes

  • of a batter : to make an out by getting three strikes

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of whiff

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to move with or as if with a puff of air

  3. 2 :  to emit whiffs :  puff

  4. 3 :  to inhale an odor

  5. 4 :  strike out 3

  6. transitive verb
  7. 1 a :  to carry or convey by or as if by a whiff :  blow b :  to expel or puff out in a whiff :  exhale c :  smoke 3

  8. 2 :  fan 8 <whiffed three batters>

Examples of whiff in a sentence

  1. He whiffed a strong odor of perfume.

  2. The golfer nearly whiffed the shot.

  3. The golfer nearly whiffed on the shot.



1591

First Known Use of whiff

1591


WHIFF Defined for Kids

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whiff

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noun \ˈhwif, ˈwif\

Definition of whiff for Students

  1. 1 :  a small gust

  2. 2 :  a small amount (as of a scent or a gas) that is breathed in <… the east wind brought a whiff of exhaust smell from some passing car. — Robert Lawson, Rabbit Hill>

  3. 3 :  1hint 2 <His remark had a whiff of mischief.>

  4. 4 :  strikeout




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whiff

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verb

Definition of whiff for Students

whiffed

whiffing

  1. 1 :  1puff 2

  2. 2 :  to breathe in an odor

  3. 3 :  to fail to hit <whiff a ball>





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