- The definition of a waft is a gust of wind or a smell carried through the air.
An example of a waft is the scent of soup carried through the house.
- To waft is defined as to cause something to move smoothly through air or over water.
An example of to waft is for the smell of sauce to travel through the house.
Steam wafts from this cup.
- to carry or propel (objects, sounds, odors, etc.) lightly through the air or over water
- to transport as if in this manner
Origin of waftaltered < waffObsolete to beckon or signal to, as by a wave of the hand
Origin of waftback-formation ; from obsolete wafter, convoy ; from Late Middle English waughter ; from Dutch wachter, literally , a watcher ; from wachten, to watch: for Indo-European base see wake
- to float, as on the wind
- to blow gently: said of breezes
- the act or fact of floating or being carried lightly along
- an odor, sound, etc. carried through the air
- a breath or gust of wind
- a wave, waving, or wafting movement
- Naut., Now Rare a signal flag or pennant, or a signal made by a flag or pennant, usually rolled or furled
verbwaft·ed, waft·ing, wafts
- Something, such as an odor, that is carried through the air: a waft of perfume.
- A light breeze; a rush of air: felt the waft of the sea breeze.
- The act or action of fluttering or waving: the waft of her dress.
- Nautical A flag used for signaling or indicating wind direction. Also called waif2.
Origin of waftBack-formation from wafter, convoy ship, alteration of Middle English waughter, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German wachter, a guard, from wachten, to guard; see weg- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present wafts, present participle wafting, simple past and past participle wafted)
Back-formation from wafter (armed convoy ship), alteration of Middle English waughter, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German wachter (“a guard"), from to guard. The current senses derive from the original sense of "be carried by water". See also waif.