whiffle

verb

whif·​fle ˈ(h)wi-fəl How to pronounce whiffle (audio)
whiffled; whiffling ˈ(h)wi-f(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce whiffle (audio)

intransitive verb

1
a
of the wind : to blow unsteadily or in gusts
b
2
: to emit or produce a light whistling or puffing sound

transitive verb

: to blow, disperse, emit, or expel with or as if with a whiff

Word History

Etymology

probably frequentative of whiff

First Known Use

1568, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of whiffle was in 1568

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Cite this Entry

“Whiffle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whiffle. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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