When you catch a brief hint of the odor of coffee in the morning from the coffee shop downstairs, this is an example of when you catch a whiff of coffee.
If you sneak out to meet your boyfriend and feel like you are taking a big risk, this is an example of when there is a whiff of danger.
A dog whiffing the air.
When you blow smoke in front of someone while smoking, this is an example of when you whiff.
Take a whiff of this pipe.
Puffs of smoke whiffing from the chimney.
A whiff of garlic.
A whiff of scandal.
A whiff of cool air blew into the room.
Origin of whiff
- Perhaps alteration of Middle English weffe offensive smell
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition