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whiff

 (wĭf, hwĭf)
n.
1.
a. A brief, passing odor carried in the air: a whiff of perfume.
b. A very small trace: a whiff of self-pity in her remarks.
2. An inhalation, as of air or smoke: Take a whiff of this pipe.
3. A slight, gentle gust of air; a waft: A whiff of cool air blew into the room.
4. Baseball A strikeout.
v. whiffed, whiff·ing, whiffs
v.intr.
1. To be carried in brief gusts; waft: puffs of smoke whiffing from the chimney.
2. Sports To swing at and miss a ball or puck.
3. Baseball To strike out. Used of a batter.
v.tr.
1. To inhale through the nose; sniff: a dog whiffing the air.
2. Baseball To strike out (a batter).

[Perhaps alteration of Middle English weffe, offensive smell.]

whiff′er n.

whiff

(wɪf)
n
1. a passing odour
2. a brief gentle gust of air
3. (Physiology) a single inhalation or exhalation from the mouth or nose
vb
4. to come, convey, or go in whiffs; puff or waft
5. (Physiology) to take in or breathe out (tobacco smoke, air, etc)
6. (Physiology) (tr) to sniff or smell
7. (intr) slang Brit to have an unpleasant smell; stink
[C16: of imitative origin]
ˈwhiffer n

whiff

(wɪf)
n
(Nautical Terms) chiefly Brit a narrow clinker-built skiff having outriggers, for one oarsman
[C19: special use of whiff1]

whiff

(ʰwɪf, wɪf)

n.
1. a slight gust or puff of wind, air, vapor, smoke, or the like.
2. a slight trace of odor or smell: a whiff of onions.
3. a single inhalation or exhalation of air, tobacco smoke, etc.
4. a trace or hint: a whiff of scandal.
v.i.
5. to blow or come in whiffs or puffs, as wind or smoke.
6. to inhale or exhale whiffs, as in smoking tobacco.
7. Baseball. fan1 (def. 15).
v.t.
8. to blow or drive with a whiff or puff, as the wind does.
9. to inhale or exhale (air, tobacco smoke, etc.) in whiffs.
10. to smoke (a pipe, cigar, etc.).
11. Baseball. fan1 (def. 11).
[1585–95; of expressive orig.; compare Middle English weffe whiff of steam]
whiff′er, n.

whiff


Past participle: whiffed
Gerund: whiffing

Imperative
whiff
whiff
Present
I whiff
you whiff
he/she/it whiffs
we whiff
you whiff
they whiff
Preterite
I whiffed
you whiffed
he/she/it whiffed
we whiffed
you whiffed
they whiffed
Present Continuous
I am whiffing
you are whiffing
he/she/it is whiffing
we are whiffing
you are whiffing
they are whiffing
Present Perfect
I have whiffed
you have whiffed
he/she/it has whiffed
we have whiffed
you have whiffed
they have whiffed
Past Continuous
I was whiffing
you were whiffing
he/she/it was whiffing
we were whiffing
you were whiffing
they were whiffing
Past Perfect
I had whiffed
you had whiffed
he/she/it had whiffed
we had whiffed
you had whiffed
they had whiffed
Future
I will whiff
you will whiff
he/she/it will whiff
we will whiff
you will whiff
they will whiff
Future Perfect
I will have whiffed
you will have whiffed
he/she/it will have whiffed
we will have whiffed
you will have whiffed
they will have whiffed
Future Continuous
I will be whiffing
you will be whiffing
he/she/it will be whiffing
we will be whiffing
you will be whiffing
they will be whiffing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been whiffing
you have been whiffing
he/she/it has been whiffing
we have been whiffing
you have been whiffing
they have been whiffing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been whiffing
you will have been whiffing
he/she/it will have been whiffing
we will have been whiffing
you will have been whiffing
they will have been whiffing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been whiffing
you had been whiffing
he/she/it had been whiffing
we had been whiffing
you had been whiffing
they had been whiffing
Conditional
I would whiff
you would whiff
he/she/it would whiff
we would whiff
you would whiff
they would whiff
Past Conditional
I would have whiffed
you would have whiffed
he/she/it would have whiffed
we would have whiffed
you would have whiffed
they would have whiffed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whiff - a short light gust of airwhiff - a short light gust of air    
gust, blast, blow - a strong current of air; "the tree was bent almost double by the gust"
2.whiff - a lefteye flounder found in coastal waters from New England to Brazil
lefteye flounder, lefteyed flounder - flatfishes with both eyes on the left side of the head
Citharichthys, genus Citharichthys - a genus of Bothidae
Citharichthys cornutus, horned whiff - a whiff found in waters from the Bahamas and northern Gulf of Mexico to Brazil
3.whiff - a strikeout resulting from the batter swinging at and missing the ball for the third strike
strikeout - an out resulting from the batter getting three strikes
Verb1.whiff - perceive by inhaling through the nose; "sniff the perfume"
smell - inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense
2.whiff - drive or carry as if by a puff of air; "The gust of air whiffed away the clouds"
blow - cause to move by means of an air current; "The wind blew the leaves around in the yard"
3.whiff - strike out by swinging and missing the pitch charged as the third
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
strike out - put out or be put out by a strikeout; "Oral struck out three batters to close the inning"
4.whiff - smoke and exhale strongly; "puff a cigar"; "whiff a pipe"
smoke - inhale and exhale smoke from cigarettes, cigars, pipes; "We never smoked marijuana"; "Do you smoke?"
5.whiff - utter with a puff of air; "whiff out a prayer"
mouth, speak, talk, verbalise, verbalize, utter - express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"

whiff

noun
1. smell, hint, scent, sniff, aroma, odour, draught, niff (Brit. slang) He caught a whiff of her perfume.
verb
1. (Brit. slang) stink, stench, reek, pong (Brit. informal), niff (Brit. slang), malodour, hum (slang) the nauseating whiff of rotting flesh
2. trace, suggestion, hint, suspicion, bit, drop, note, breath, whisper, shred, crumb, tinge, jot, smidgen (informal), soupçon Not a whiff of scandal has ever tainted his private life.
3. puff, breath, flurry, waft, rush, blast, draught, gust At the first whiff of smoke, the alarm will go off.

whiff

nounverb
To perceive with the olfactory sense:
Idiom: catch a whiff of.
Translations
نَسْمَة هواء، نَفْحَه
pust
fuvallat
púst, blástur, smágustur, dauf lykt
dūmelis
dvesmapūsma
hafif esinti/koku

whiff

[wɪf]
A. N
1. (= smell) → olorcito m; (= nasty) → tufillo
a faint whiff of mothballsun leve olorcito a bolas de naftalina
to catch a whiff of stholer algo
a whiff of grapeshotun poco de metralla
what a whiff!¡qué tufo!
2. (= sniff, mouthful) to go out for a whiff of airsalir a tomar el fresco
not a whiff of windni el menor soplo de viento
3. (fig) [of scandal, corruption] → indicio m
B. VIoler (mal)
to whiff ofoler a; (= stink of) → apestar a

whiff

hwɪf] nbouffée f
to catch a whiff of sth → sentir l'odeur de qch

whiff

n
(= puff)Zug m; (= wisp)kleine Fahne, Wolke f; (= smell)Hauch m; (pleasant) → Duft m, → Hauch m; (fig: = trace) → Spur f; (of spring)Hauch m, → Ahnung f; to catch a whiff of somethingden Geruch von etw wahrnehmen
(= small cigar)kleiner Zigarillo

whiff

[wɪf] n (of gas, sth unpleasant) → zaffata; (of sea air, perfume) → odore m
to catch a whiff of sth → sentire l'odore di qc
a few whiffs of this could knock you out → se annusi un po' di questo svieni

whiff

(wif) noun
a sudden puff (of air, smoke, smell etc). a whiff of petrol; a whiff of cigar smoke.
References in classic literature ?
asked Amy, pausing on the terrace to enjoy the view, and a luxurious whiff of perfume that came wandering by.
Now there was left with him, at least, a philosophic acquiescence to the existing order--only a desire to be permitted to exist, with now and then a little whiff of genuine life, such as he was breathing now.
They transgressed without fear or scruple, the rules of behaviour that were binding on all others: smoking tobacco under the beadle's very nose, although each whiff would have cost a townsman a shilling; and quaffing at their pleasure, draughts of wine or aqua-vitae from pocket flasks, which they freely tendered to the gaping crowd around them.
Our friend had caught now and then a whiff from the sewers over which he lived, but this was the first time that he had ever been splashed by their filth.
do you catch that refreshing early- morning whiff from the mountain-pines and the wild flowers?
Strictly speaking, ZUG means Pull, Tug, Draught, Procession, March, Progress, Flight, Direction, Expedition, Train, Caravan, Passage, Stroke, Touch, Line, Flourish, Trait of Character, Feature, Lineament, Chess-move, Organ-stop, Team, Whiff, Bias, Drawer, Propensity, Inhalation, Disposition: but that thing which it does NOT mean--when all its legitimate pennants have been hung on, has not been discovered yet.
However, there was no other way; so with such show of cheerfulness as they could muster they called for the pipe and took their whiff as it passed, in due form.
A dark store-room opens out of it, and that is a place to be run past at night; for I don't know what may be among those tubs and jars and old tea-chests, when there is nobody in there with a dimly-burning light, letting a mouldy air come out of the door, in which there is the smell of soap, pickles, pepper, candles, and coffee, all at one whiff.
The HISPANIOLA rolled steadily, dipping her bowsprit now and then with a whiff of spray.
But I could not keep him in the house on the lake, either, because of Christine; so I locked him up comfortably, I chained him up nicely--a whiff of the Mazenderan scent had left him as limp as a rag--in the Communists' dungeon, which is in the most deserted and remote part of the Opera, below the fifth cellar, where no one ever comes, and where no one ever hears you.
For I must tell thee, Sancho, that when I approached to put Dulcinea upon her hackney (as thou sayest it was, though to me it appeared a she-ass), she gave me a whiff of raw garlic that made my head reel, and poisoned my very heart.
Next, taking a handful of the flowers, he rubbed them all over the sashes, as though to ensure that every whiff of air that might get in would be laden with the garlic smell.