Will-o-the-wisp definition

wĭlə-thə-wĭsp
Any hope or goal that leads one on but is impossible to reach.
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(idiomatic) A delusional or otherwise unobtainable goal that one feels compelled to pursue.
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A delusive or misleading hope.
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Alternative spelling of will o' the wisp.
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(idiomatic, British folklore) A strange light that attracts travellers from pathways into dangerous marshes or graveyards.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of will-o-the-wisp - will-o-wisp, will-of-the-wisp

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
will-o-the-wisp
Plural:
will-o-the-wisps

Origin of will-o-the-wisp

  • From Will nickname for William

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • from Will (“male given name”) + of the + wisp (“bundle of straw or hay used as a torch”)

    From Wiktionary