noun \ˈwisp\

: 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

:  a small handful (as of hay or straw)
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>
archaic :  will-o'-the-wisp
wisp·i·ly \ˈwis-pə-lē\ adverb
wisp·i·ness \ˈwis-pē-nəs\ noun
wispy \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



Definition of WISP

transitive verb
:  to roll into a wisp
:  to make wisps of <a cigarette wisping smoke at the corner of his mouth — Raymond Chandler>
intransitive verb
:  to emerge or drift in wisps <her hair began to wisp into her eyes — Mary Manning>

First Known Use of WISP



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