Whiff meaning

wĭf, hwĭf
The definition of a whiff is a slight odor, or a puff of something.

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.

noun
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To inhale through the nose; sniff.

A dog whiffing the air.

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Whiff is defined as to blow smoke in puffs.

When you blow smoke in front of someone while smoking, this is an example of when you whiff.

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An inhalation, as of air or smoke.

Take a whiff of this pipe.

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To be carried in brief gusts; waft.

Puffs of smoke whiffing from the chimney.

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To swing at and miss a ball or puck.
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To strike out. Used of a batter.
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To strike out (a batter).
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A light puff or gust of air or wind; breath.
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A slight wave or gust of odor; faint, momentary smell.

A whiff of garlic.

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An inhaling or exhaling, as of tobacco smoke.
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A faint indication; hint; trace.

A whiff of scandal.

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A complete miss when attempting to hit something, as a golf ball, with a swinging motion.
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To blow or propel (tobacco smoke, etc.) with a puff or gust; waft.
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To blow or move in puffs, as in smoking.
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A waft; a brief, gentle breeze; a light gust of air.
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An odour carried briefly through the air.
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A short inhalation of breath, especially of smoke from a cigarette or pipe.
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(figuratively) A slight sign of something; a glimpse.
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(baseball) A strike (from the batter's perspective)
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The megrim, a fish Lepidorhombus boscii or Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis.
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To waft.
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To sniff.
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(intransitive, baseball) To strike out.
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(slang) To attempt to strike and miss, especially being off-balance/vulnerable after missing.
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To throw out in whiffs; to consume in whiffs; to puff.
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To carry or convey by a whiff, or as by a whiff; to puff or blow away.
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(colloquial) Having a strong or unpleasant odor.
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A slight, gentle gust of air; a waft.

A whiff of cool air blew into the room.

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A strikeout.
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Origin of whiff

  • Perhaps alteration of Middle English weffe offensive smell
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition