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wisp

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noun \ˈwisp\

Definition of wisp

  1. 1 :  a small handful (as of hay or straw)

  2. 2a :  a thin strip or fragmentb :  a thready streak a wisp of smokec :  something frail, slight, or fleeting a wisp of a girl a wisp of a smile

  3. 3 archaic :  will-o'-the-wisp

wispily

play \ˈwi-spə-lē\ adverb

wispiness

play \ˈwi-spē-nəs\ noun

wispy

play \ˈwi-spē\ adjective

Examples of wisp in a Sentence

  1. Wisps of steam rose up from the teapot.

  2. Wisps of cotton candy clung to his mouth.

Origin and Etymology of wisp

Middle English


First Known Use: 13th century


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wisp

verb

Definition of wisp

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to roll into a wisp

  3. 2 :  to make wisps of a cigarette wisping smoke at the corner of his mouth — Raymond Chandler

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to emerge or drift in wisps her hair began to wisp into her eyes — Mary Manning

1753

First Known Use of wisp

1753



WISP Defined for English Language Learners

wisp

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noun

Definition of wisp for English Language Learners

  • : a thin streak of smoke, mist, etc.

  • : a thin thread or strand of something (such as hair)

  • : a small amount of something


WISP Defined for Kids

wisp

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noun \ˈwisp\

Definition of wisp for Students

  1. 1 :  a thin piece or strand wisps of hair

  2. 2 :  a thin streak wisps of smoke

  3. 3 :  a small amount of something There was a wisp of a smile on her face.



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