Origin of Waft
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.
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 weg- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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