\ 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Roses, cherry and almond waft out of the glass, then followed on the palate with a bright cherry-forward flavor profile. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 31 July 2022 The smell of double chocolate chunk cookies and ice cream sandwiches will waft through Wayne State University's campus when Insomnia Cookies opens Tuesday. Chandra Fleming, Detroit Free Press, 12 July 2022 Investors must be wondering if all supercars waft silently by, perhaps some of their magic might disappear. Neil Winton, Forbes, 17 June 2022 Just inside the kitchen door, savory smells waft with the heat — cloves, turmeric, tamarind, cinnamon, curry leaf and fenugreek: a catechism of Burmese cookery. Dania Maxwell, Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2022 Let the smoke waft over your body, house, or car, says Magee, and release any negativity lingering. Brie Gatchalian, Woman's Day, 6 May 2022 The lighting adapts to the setting sun throughout the day, while the music grows in tempo from morning to night and custom seasonal scents waft through the air. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 23 June 2022 Intense aromas of black currants, black cherries and dark earth waft out of the glass, along with lighter scents of cedar, rose and espresso, making this wine one to savor. Jeanette Hurt, Forbes, 7 May 2022 LaRose starts the dance here by carrying a burning bundle of sage around the circle, inviting participants to waft the smoke toward them as a cleanse. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’s an occasional gurgle of hookah and waft of sweet-smelling smoke. Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2022 The Emporio Armani collection carried the carefree waft of summer, from light chambray tones to faded coral prints. Colleen Barry, ajc, 18 June 2022 Delicious waft of candy cane, maple syrup, mint crisp and plum tart aromas. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 22 May 2022 The moment Salma Hayek goes from babe to blood-sucker, a waft of WTF filled the theater. Mike Postalakis, SPIN, 1 Mar. 2022 An initial fresh waft of green apples, bananas, and pancakes descends into rooibos tea, corn flakes, and cooked beetroot. Felipe Schrieberg, Forbes, 30 Jan. 2022 That warm yellow hue and the dizzying waft of sillage in its wake were among the things that inspired Patrice Leguéreau, who directs the house’s fine jewelry studio, to render the radically modern scent in gem form. New York Times, 17 Feb. 2022 There are usually lavish decorations, stalls selling arts and crafts, the waft of spicy gingerbread biscuits, South Tyrolean panforte and mulled wine, nativity scenes and Advent calendar windows. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, 21 Dec. 2021 This drink smelled more like cotton candy to me at first waft. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 16 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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“Waft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waft. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for waft


\ 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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