intransitive verb-·fled, -·fling
- to blow fitfully; blow in puffs or gusts: said of the wind
- to shift or veer about; vacillate
Origin of whifflefrequentative of whiff
to blow or scatter with or as with a puff of wind
verbwhif·fled, whif·fling, whif·fles
- To blow in light gusts; puff: The wind whiffled through the trees.
- To move lightly or erratically: A butterfly whiffled past us.
- To make a light whistling noise.
To blow, displace, or scatter with gusts of air: The breeze whiffled the blinds.
Origin of whifflePerhaps frequentative of whiff
(third-person singular simple present whiffles, present participle whiffling, simple past and past participle whiffled)
- to blow a short gust
- to waffle, talk aimlessly
- (UK) to waste time
- to travel quickly, whizz, whistle, with an accompanying wind-like sound
- (ornithology, of a bird) to descending rapidly from a height once the decision to land has been made, involving fast side-slipping first one way and then the other
- (intransitive) To waver, or shake, as if moved by gusts of wind; to shift, turn, or veer about.
- To wave or shake quickly; to cause to whiffle.
- To change from one opinion or course to another; to use evasions; to prevaricate; to be fickle.
- To disperse with, or as with, a whiff, or puff; to scatter.