- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to carry or propel (objects, sounds, odors, etc.) lightly through the air or over water
- to transport as if in this manner
Origin: altered < waffObsolete to beckon or signal to, as by a wave of the hand
Origin: back-form. 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
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verb waft·ed, waft·ing, wafts verb, transitive
- To cause to go gently and smoothly through the air or over water.
- To convey or send floating through the air or over water.
- Something, such as an odor, that is carried through the air.
- A light breeze; a rush of air.
- The act of fluttering or waving.
- Nautical A flag used for signaling or indicating wind direction. Also called waif2.
Origin: Back-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.
- waftˈer noun