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wisp

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noun \ˈwisp\

Simple Definition of wisp

  • : a thin streak of smoke, mist, etc.

  • : a thin thread or strand of something (such as hair)

  • : a small amount of something

Full Definition of wisp

  1. 1 :  a small handful (as of hay or straw)

  2. 2 a :  a thin strip or fragment b :  a thready streak <a wisp of smoke> c :  something frail, slight, or fleeting <a wisp of a girl> <a wisp of a smile>

  3. 3 archaic :  will-o'-the-wisp

wisp·i·ly play \ˈwis-pə-lē\ adverb
wisp·i·ness play \ˈwis-pē-nəs\ noun
wispy play \ˈwis-pē\ adjective

Examples of wisp

  1. Wisps of steam rose up from the teapot.

  2. Wisps of cotton candy clung to his mouth.



Origin of wisp

Middle English


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with wisp


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wisp

verb

Definition of wisp

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to roll into a wisp

  3. 2 :  to make wisps of <a cigarette wisping smoke at the corner of his mouth — Raymond Chandler>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to emerge or drift in wisps <her hair began to wisp into her eyes — Mary Manning>



1753

First Known Use of wisp

1753



WISP Defined for Kids

wisp

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noun \ˈwisp\

Definition of wisp

  1. 1 :  a thin piece or strand <wisps of hair>

  2. 2 :  a thin streak <wisps of smoke>

  3. 3 :  a small amount of something <There was a wisp of a smile on her face.>




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