Wisp definition

wĭsp
A small bunch or bundle, as of straw, hair, or grass.
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Something delicate, frail, etc.

A wisp of a girl.

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A fleeting trace or indication; a hint.

A wisp of a smile.

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To drift in wisps.

Smoke wisping from chimneys.

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The definition of a wisp is a thin piece or strand of something, or a small bundle.

An example of a wisp is a strand of hair.

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A flock of birds, especially snipe.
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One that is thin, frail, or slight.
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A thin or faint streak or fragment, as of smoke or clouds.
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To twist into wisps or a wisp.
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A small bundle or bunch, as of straw.
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A thin, slight, or filmy piece, strand, etc.

A wisp of smoke.

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To roll into a wisp.
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A small bundle, as of straw or other like substance; any slender, flexible structure or group.

A wisp of smoke rose from the candle for a few moments after he blew it out.

A wisp of hair escaped her barrette and whipped wildly in the wind.

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A whisk, or small broom.
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A will o' the wisp, or ignis fatuus.
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To brush or dress, as with a wisp.
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(UK, dialect) To rumple.

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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of wisp - whisp

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
wisp
Plural:
wisps

Origin of wisp

  • Middle English

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

  • From Middle English. Cognate to Dutch wisp (“bundle of hay or straw"). Akin to Middle Dutch/Middle Low German wispel (“measure of grain"), Norwegian bokmÃ¥l/Swedish/Bornholm Danish visp (“handful or bundle of grass, hay, etc.").

    From Wiktionary