Definition of wisp
- a wisp of smoke
- a wisp of a girl
- a wisp of a smile
Wisps of steam rose up from the teapot.
Wisps of cotton candy clung to his mouth.
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First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
: a thin streak of smoke, mist, etc.
: a thin thread or strand of something (such as hair)
: a small amount of something
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