\ 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 But can the Halloween spirit waft in through the car window? Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Halloween drive-thru: In COVID times, is a spooky car experience worth the trip?," 15 Oct. 2020 Diffusers are also an efficient way to have essential oils waft throughout your space—like living in a spa, minus the fees. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "14 Calming Scents to Reduce Your Election Anxiety," 2 Nov. 2020 Essential oils can be used to waft different scents in a room, and there are LED lights to really bring the diffuser to life. Josh Grant, USA TODAY, "30 amazing gifts you can buy from Home Depot," 30 Oct. 2020 Cigar smoke didn’t waft from either locker room that evening. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "No cigars, only confusing emotions followed 1993 Alabama-Tennessee tie," 21 Oct. 2020 To anyone walking through Roxbury, Massachusetts, the sounds that waft over Dale Street are far away—the fart of buses on Washington Street to the west and on Warren Street to the east. Kerri Greenidge, The Atlantic, "The Making of Malcolm X," 15 Oct. 2020 Mask wearing would be encouraged, and hand sanitizer would be available, though airborne transmission is the main vector for the novel coronavirus, and droplets were sure to waft as thousands of people, most barefaced, cheered. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Ignoring mask mandates and crowd bans, Trump holds yet another huge airport rally, this time in Virginia," 26 Sep. 2020 Hints of vanilla and baking spices waft in and out. Liquid Assets Michael Agnew, Star Tribune, "2 Minnesota cideries are leading the return to traditional cidermaking," 23 Sep. 2020 Phosphorus-containing minerals, one possible raw ingredient for phosphine, aren’t likely to waft up to high altitude from the planet’s surface. Sid Perkins, Science | AAAS, "‘Curious and unexplained.’ Gas spotted in Venus’s atmosphere is also spewed by microbes on Earth," 14 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Watch Dogs: Legion," 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, "Lady Black's Revenge: An Explosive New Memoir Reveals the Fallout of a High Society Scandal," 20 Sep. 2020 Tailgating was banned, so no waft of sizzling brats, steaks and dogs. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Column: No grills and plenty of empty parking spots for Notre Dame’s 1st football Saturday of 2020. ‘Definitely a ghost town.’," 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, "How Rain Evolved Its Distinct Scent—and Why Animals and Humans Love It," 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, "Shooting victim Tyler Gerth died fighting injustice and inequality, family says at funeral," 3 July 2020 Grey clouds waft over scattering crowds in the footage from Seattle this past Sunday. Popular Science, "Tear gas during COVID-19 is a public health disaster," 8 June 2020 Aside from wafts of eau de clutch, the technique resulted in no negative side effects. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2019 Porsche Speedster Makes a Case for Less Is More," 27 Mar. 2020 The smoke displays that get set off waft slowly across the field like the pyrotechnic haze that follows the halftime show at the Super Bowl. BostonGlobe.com, "Behind the scenes with the Revolution on a road trip to Soccer City, USA - The Boston Globe," 15 Oct. 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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The first known use of waft was in the 15th century

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13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Waft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waft. Accessed 21 Jan. 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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