whiffler

noun (1)
whif·​fler | \ ˈ(h)wi-flər How to pronounce whiffler (audio) \

Definition of whiffler

 (Entry 1 of 2)

British
: one that clears the way for a procession

whiffler

noun (2)
whif·​fler | \ ˈ(h)wi-f(ə-)lər How to pronounce whiffler (audio) \

Definition of whiffler (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a person who frequently changes opinions or course
2 : a person who uses shifts and evasions in argument

First Known Use of whiffler

Noun (1)

1539, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for whiffler

Noun (1)

alteration of earlier wifler, from obsolete wifle battle-ax

Noun (2)

whiffle

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“Whiffler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whiffler. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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