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whiff

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noun \ˈhwif, ˈwif\

Definition of whiff

  1. 1a :  a quick puff or slight gust especially of air, odor, gas, smoke, or sprayb :  an inhalation of odor, gas, or smokec :  a slight puffing or whistling sound

  2. 2 :  a slight trace or indication a whiff of scandal

  3. 3 :  strikeout

Examples of whiff in a Sentence

  1. I got a whiff of new paint when I entered the room.

  2. I detected a whiff of sarcasm in her voice.

  3. The pitcher had eight whiffs during the game.

Recent Examples of whiff from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of whiff

imitative


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whiff

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Definition of whiff

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to move with or as if with a puff of air

  3. 2 :  to emit whiffs :  puff

  4. 3 :  to inhale an odor

  5. 4 :  strike out 3

  6. transitive verb
  7. 1a :  to carry or convey by or as if by a whiff :  blowb :  to expel or puff out in a whiff :  exhalec :  smoke 3

  8. 2 :  fan 8 whiffed three batters

Examples of whiff in a Sentence

  1. He whiffed a strong odor of perfume.

  2. The golfer nearly whiffed the shot.

  3. The golfer nearly whiffed on the shot.

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First Known Use of whiff

1591


WHIFF Defined for English Language Learners

whiff

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noun

Definition of whiff for English Language Learners

  • : a slight smell of something : an odor that is weak

  • : a slight trace or indication

whiff

verb

Definition of whiff for English Language Learners

  • : to notice (a smell)

  • baseball of a pitcher : to cause (a batter) to be out by pitching three strikes

  • of a batter : to make an out by getting three strikes


WHIFF Defined for Kids

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whiff

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noun \ˈhwif, ˈwif\

Definition of whiff for Students

  1. 1 :  a small gust

  2. 2 :  a small amount (as of a scent or a gas) that is breathed in … the east wind brought a whiff of exhaust smell from some passing car. — Robert Lawson, Rabbit Hill

  3. 3 :  1hint 2 His remark had a whiff of mischief.

  4. 4 :  strikeout


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whiff

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Definition of whiff for Students

whiffed

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whiffing

  1. 1 :  1puff 2

  2. 2 :  to breathe in an odor

  3. 3 :  to fail to hit whiff a ball



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