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1whiff

noun \ˈhwif, ˈwif\

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

: a slight trace or indication

Full Definition of WHIFF

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
:  a slight trace or indication <a whiff of scandal>
3
:  strikeout
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Examples of WHIFF

  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 of WHIFF

imitative
First Known Use: 1591

2whiff

verb

: 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

Full Definition of WHIFF

intransitive verb
1
:  to move with or as if with a puff of air
2
:  to emit whiffs :  puff
3
:  to inhale an odor
4
:  strike out 3
transitive verb
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
2
:  fan 8 <whiffed three batters>

Examples of WHIFF

  1. He whiffed a strong odor of perfume.
  2. The golfer nearly whiffed the shot.
  3. The golfer nearly whiffed on the shot.

First Known Use of WHIFF

1591

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WHIFF Defined for Kids

1whiff

noun \ˈhwif, ˈwif\

Definition of WHIFF for Kids

1
:  a small gust
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
:  1hint 2 <His remark had a whiff of mischief.>
4
:  strikeout

2whiff

verb
whiffedwhiff·ing

Definition of WHIFF for Kids

1
:  1puff 2
2
:  to breathe in an odor
3
:  to fail to hit <whiff a ball>

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