\ ˈwäft How to pronounce waft (audio) , ˈwaft How to pronounce waft (audio) \
wafted; wafting; wafts

Definition of waft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of waft (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from waft


wafter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for waft

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of waft in a Sentence

Verb The smell of chicken soup wafted up to my bedroom. The sound of music wafted softly into the yard from our neighbor's house. A breeze wafted the scent of roses towards our table. Noun wafts carrying the scent of spring flowers
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While some low clouds could waft into Portland Sunday morning, most of them should clear out to the coast fast. oregonlive, 16 May 2021 New Yorkers were baffled for several years in the mid-2000s about sweet-smelling air that would occasionally waft over Manhattan. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Mar. 2021 As the smell of burgers and hot dogs waft through the afternoon air, a stage is set up for kids to showcase their talent. Chris James, CNN, 30 Apr. 2021 Another 11 percent of the petrochemical miasma may waft in from the oceans, with dust from agricultural soils contributing the remaining five percent. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Apr. 2021 When the bundles are untied, intoxicatingly aromatic clouds of vapor should waft toward the skies. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2021 The herbs in the soup — lemongrass, galangal, a smattering of makrut leaves — waft up and merge into a woodsy-limey perfume. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 Sarah’s subconscious journeys waft her through so many doors, and other helpful orifices, that any remaining Freudians will drop their cigars in delight. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2021 The death of the toll road was a big step forward for the park’s future, but Moore knows that distrust and bitterness still waft from the project’s contentious years-long debates. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, 2 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Where the mycelium’s texture and mouthfeel are lacking and require a little boost for the imagination, modern flavor science comes in to offer the waft expected when cooking fatty bacon. Chloe Sorvino, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Gowanus, where aromas of sewage and sulfur and burning rubber waft across streets lined with low-slung warehouses, is now at the center of a fight over the future of New York City. New York Times, 9 Apr. 2021 In the warm, undefined space of the painting, veils of blue and purple waft around a golden center. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Mar. 2021 Ubisoft has long received criticism for infusing its games with political themes the way a cheapskate bartender might wave the vermouth bottle over an $8 martini: a little waft, for the aesthetic. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 28 Oct. 2020 Lynn departed in a sand-and-beige waft of giggles and goodbyes to half the tearoom without even a nod to me. Barbara Amiel, Town & Country, 20 Sep. 2020 Tailgating was banned, so no waft of sizzling brats, steaks and dogs. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, 12 Sep. 2020 Creatures from across the animal kingdom are highly attuned to the distinctive waft of geosmin, including flies, camels and people. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Apr. 2020 As communion was received, the waft of burning incense filled the air, palpable even through the face masks worn to protect from the ongoing threat of the coronavirus. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, 3 July 2020

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First Known Use of waft


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for waft


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

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The first known use of waft was in the 15th century

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“Waft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waft. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of waft

: to move lightly through the air


\ ˈwäft How to pronounce waft (audio) , ˈwaft \
wafted; wafting

Kids Definition of waft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of waft (Entry 2 of 2)

: a slight breeze or puff of air

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