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waft

verb \ ˈwäft , ˈwaft \

Definition of waft

intransitive verb
:to move or go lightly on or as if on a buoyant medium
  • heavenly aromas wafted from the kitchen
transitive verb
:to cause to move or go lightly by or as if by the impulse of wind or waves

wafter

noun

Examples of waft in a Sentence

  1. The smell of chicken soup wafted up to my bedroom.

  2. The sound of music wafted softly into the yard from our neighbor's house.

  3. A breeze wafted the scent of roses towards our table.

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Origin and Etymology of waft

Middle English, perhaps from past participle of Middle English (northern dialect) waffen, by-form of Middle English waven to wave

waft Synonyms

Synonyms
drift, glide, hang, hover, poise, ride, sail, swim, float
Antonyms
settle, sink
Related Words
bob, dangle, suspend; buoy; balloon, raft
Near Antonyms
dive, lunge, plunge; dip, immerse, submerge, submerse

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waft

noun

Definition of waft

1 :something (such as an odor) that is wafted :whiff
2 :a slight breeze :puff
3 :the act of waving
4 :a pennant or flag used to signal or to show wind direction

Examples of waft in a Sentence

  1. wafts carrying the scent of spring flowers

Recent Examples of waft from the Web

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First Known Use of waft

1607


WAFT Defined for English Language Learners

waft

verb

Definition of waft for English Language Learners

  • : to move lightly through the air


WAFT Defined for Kids

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waft

verb \ ˈwäft , ˈwaft \

Definition of waft for Students

wafted; wafting
:to move or be moved lightly by or as if by the action of waves or wind A scent wafted in.

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waft

noun

Definition of waft for Students

:a slight breeze or puff of air


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