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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 ?
Here have I been unconsciously toiling, not pleasuring, --aye, and ignorantly smoking to windward all the while; to windward, and with such nervous whiffs, as if, like the dying whale, my final jets were the strongest and fullest of trouble.
Miss Lavinia revived herself with a few whiffs of aromatic vinegar - Traddles and I looking on with great solicitude the while; and then went on to say, rather faintly:
He knew there was a vast world outside, to whom Disruption Principles were as the chatter of tree-top apes; the paper brought him chill whiffs from it; he had met Englishmen who had asked lightly if he did not belong to the Church of Scotland, and then had failed to be much interested by his elucidation of that nice point; it was an evil, wild, rebellious world, lying sunk in DOZENEDNESS, for nothing short of a Scots word will paint this Scotsman's feelings.
Presently we came to trees, all charred and brown, and so to a bare place covered with a yellow-white incrustation, across which a drifting smoke, pungent in whiffs to nose and eyes, went drifting.
The trapper received his new and numerous family connection with proper solemnity; he placed his bride beside him, and, filling the pipe, the great symbol of peace, with his best tobacco, took two or three whiffs, then handed it to the chief who transferred it to the father of the bride, from whom it was passed on from hand to hand and mouth to mouth of the whole circle of kinsmen round the fire, all maintaining the most profound and becoming silence.
Marnoo, that all-attractive personage, having satisfied his hunger and inhaled a few whiffs from a pipe which was handed to him, launched out into an harangue which completely enchained the attention of his auditors.
The latter smoked a few whiffs, then, holding the head of the pipe in his hand, offered the other end to Mr.
Don't put your foot into THIS, my boy," he said, puffing the last whiffs of his cigar.
The old witch took three or four more whiffs of her pipe and smiled.
It floated before my eyes, it touched my elbow, it guarded my right side and my left side; my ears seemed to catch the sound of her footsteps behind me, she enveloped me with passing whiffs of warmth and perfume, with filmy touches of the hair on my face.
he drawls, between his contented whiffs, addressing the two perspiring novices, who have been grinding away steadily up stream for the last hour and a half; "why, Jim Biffles and Jack and I, last season, pulled up from Marlow to Goring in one afternoon - never stopped once.
It passed as a mere eccentricity when they heard of her stout drinking, her cigarette smoking, her occasional whiffs at a long clay pipe, her horsewhipping of a drunken servant, and her companionship with the snake Eliza, whom she was in the habit of bearing about in her pocket.