- ignis fatuus (sense )
- any hope or goal that leads one on but is impossible to reach
Origin of will-o'-the-wispearlier Will with the wisp ; from Will (nickname for William) + wisp
- See ignis fatuus.
- A delusive or misleading hope.
Origin of will-o'-the-wispFrom Will, nickname for William.
- Alternative spelling of will o' the wisp.
(plural will o' the wisps)