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 : a small handful (as of hay or straw)
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 archaic : will-o'-the-wisp
wispilyplay \ˈwis-pə-lē\ adverb
wispinessplay \ˈwis-pē-nəs\ noun
wispyplay \ˈwis-pē\ adjective
Examples of wisp in a sentence
Wisps of steam rose up from the teapot.
Wisps of cotton candy clung to his mouth.
Origin and Etymology of wisp
First Known Use: 13th century
Definition of wisp
1 : to roll into a wisp
2 : to make wisps of <a cigarette wisping smoke at the corner of his mouth — Raymond Chandler>
: to emerge or drift in wisps <her hair began to wisp into her eyes — Mary Manning>
First Known Use of wisp
WISP Defined for Kids
Definition of wisp for Students
1 : a thin piece or strand <wisps of hair>
2 : a thin streak <wisps of smoke>
3 : a small amount of something <There was a wisp of a smile on her face.>
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