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whif·fle (wĭf′əl, hwĭf′-) v. whif·fled, whif·fling, whif·fles v. intr. 1. To blow in light gusts; puff: The wind whiffled through the trees. 2. To move lightly or erratically: A butterfly whiffled past us. 3. To make a light whistling noise. v. tr.
To blow, displace, or scatter with gusts of air:
The breeze whiffled the blinds.
[Perhaps frequentative of
whiffle ( ˈwɪfəl) vb 1. ( intr) to think or behave in an erratic or unpredictable way 2. to blow or be blown fitfully or in gusts 3. (Music, other) ( intr) to whistle softly
[C16: frequentative of whiff
1] whif•fle (ˈʰwɪf əl, ˈwɪf-) v. -fled, -fling. v.i.
1. to blow in light shifting gusts, as the wind.
2. to shift about; vacillate. v.t.
3. to blow with light shifting gusts.
whif′fler, n. whiffle Past participle: whiffled Gerund: whiffling Imperative Present Preterite Present Continuous Present Perfect Past Continuous Past Perfect Future Future Perfect Future Continuous Present Perfect Continuous Future Perfect Continuous Past Perfect Continuous Conditional Past Conditional
References in classic literature
Exactly, for Amy keeps me pointing due west most of the time, with only an occasional
round to the south, and I haven't had an easterly spell since I was married.
My only entertainment was the soft sounds the evening breeze makes as it
through the pines and poplars, and a small bunch of ruffed grouse--or pa'tridge, as Mainerds refer to them--that scratched and picked their way under my stand before disappearing into the slash.
And every now and again, a story like the one out of Saskatoon
across the media radar as well and can work similar revelatory wonders.