waft

verb
\ 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

waft

noun

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

Verb

wafter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for waft

Synonyms: Verb

drift, float, glide, hang, hover, poise, ride, sail, swim

Synonyms: Noun

air, breath, breeze, puff, zephyr

Antonyms: Verb

settle, sink

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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 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 Behind him in the F4 section of the SDCCU Stadium parking lot, smoke wafts into the fading sunlight. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Tailgating and fireworks: San Diego sports in a nutshell," 31 Aug. 2019 Even in winter, the smoke from his daily two packs of Dunhills wafted out of the open windows. The Economist, "Tim Bell, the founding father of fake news," 29 Aug. 2019 Reminders of my father’s heavy hands, astringent alcoholic breath wafted into my memory. Jennifer Fliss, Washington Post, "When do I tell my partner about my past trauma?," 28 Aug. 2019 On those rare days, the wonderful smell of garlic wafts up the valley. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Gilroy’s garlic scent replaced with stench of leaders’ inaction," 31 July 2019 On the afternoon of June 8, 2012, a smoke plume wafted above the peak. AZCentral.com, "Amid winding mountain roads, a village pushes back its encroaching fire threat," 23 July 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

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for waft

Verb

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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of waft

: to move lightly through the air

waft

verb
\ 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.

waft

noun

Kids Definition of waft (Entry 2 of 2)

: a slight breeze or puff of air

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