\ 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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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 The result is hop flavors that, rather than wafting up to your nose from the glass, burst in your mouth after each sip. Orr Shtuhl, New York Times, "Two Big Brewers Try to Cash In on an I.P.A. Craze," 18 Jan. 2018 The only visible clouds came from smoke wafting off large charcoal grills of barbecue chicken that filled the air with a pleasing aroma while bubbles and the occasional balloon danced in the air overhead. Evan Sernoffsky, SFChronicle.com, "‘Perfect day’ at Solano Stroll, the East Bay’s largest street festival," 8 Sep. 2019 Air conditioning from the boutiques wafts into the narrow cobblestone streets, creating a micro-climate. David Holahan, courant.com, "Visiting Corsica: Up and Down and Around The Mountainous Mediterranean Idyll," 13 Sep. 2019 Polis had declared in March that Colorado would not seek an exemption that could have granted more time to comply by blaming the bad air on pollution wafting into the state from China. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Colorado revs toward an electric car future, compelled by climate change and air pollution," 15 Aug. 2019 The alluring autumn aroma of cinnamon is a tough one to pass up, especially when its wafting from the doors of the Main Street Bakery. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney: Halloween has hit the Magic Kingdom. It’s time to get your seasonal snack on.," 19 Aug. 2019 The bathrooms, once the site of a barbershop, are believed to be haunted, too, with shadowy figures popping up in the mirrors and the smells of a barbershop wafting through the stalls. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "Are these Colorado restaurants haunted? That depends on who you ask.," 23 Aug. 2019 With a cooling spring breeze wafting through the shutters of the Gramercy Park Hotel’s penthouse terrace, thirty chic women congregated for a lovely luncheon. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Kassatex Launches Lovely Linens With a Mother’s Day Luncheon," 9 May 2019 Sounds from Miller Park and Rexnord outdoor PA system waft over to the trail. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chin Up: Joy riding through Milwaukee on the Hank Aaron State Trail," 1 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Residents, forced to dive behind cars and hide in their homes, described the scene like a war zone: Bullets flew through the streets, and wafts of gunpowder filled the air. Maura Ewing, Washington Post, "Suspect surrenders after shooting six police officers in hours-long Philadelphia standoff," 15 Aug. 2019 The bar decidedly male and unaccustomed to such a throng of females or to the waft of estrogen rising like mist—its makeshift stage not a stage, exactly, more a dais of the kind used for elevating politicians above a crowd. Kate Walbert, The New Yorker, "To Do," 26 Aug. 2019 The table is set for six, music wafts from the living room, and bottles of William Hill Napa Valley Chardonnay sink lower into an icy bath. Sara Mae Albert, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Plan a Casual Chic Dinner Party," 2 Aug. 2019 One waft of this candle and your life will be changed. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "The cult-favorite Capri Blue candles are on sale at Nordstrom right now—and they will sell out," 23 July 2019 Raise a spoonful of tom kha kai, a traditional Laotian coconut chicken soup, to your lips, and a tantalizing perfume of lemongrass, lime, and galangal wafts upward. Ewen Bell, National Geographic, "Discover why Laos is the world’s next great foodie destination," 10 July 2019 Its once-squalid floors and tiled walls now gleam, and a perfume of disinfectant wafts through the corridors. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Needles on wane in BART trains and stations, another sign of fentanyl’s rise," 7 July 2019 The aroma of spicy shredded beef and pork wafts through the air. Emma Schwartz, Bon Appétit, "How a Prison Cooking Show Connects Residents to Life Outside," 2 July 2019 To me, The Federal is the waft of truffles that billows from the front door and entices the arriving guest. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "The Federal, Agawam," 25 June 2019

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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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13 Nov 2019

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

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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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