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wisp

 (wĭsp)
n.
1. A small bunch or bundle, as of straw, hair, or grass.
2.
a. One that is thin, frail, or slight: "a little wisp of a kid, ten years old" (William Lychack).
b. A thin or faint streak or fragment, as of smoke or clouds.
3. A fleeting trace or indication; a hint: a wisp of a smile.
4. A flock of birds, especially snipe.
v. wisped, wisp·ing, wisps
v.tr.
To twist into wisps or a wisp.
v.intr.
To drift in wisps: smoke wisping from chimneys.

[Middle English.]

wisp′i·ly adv.
wisp′i·ness (wĭs′pē-nĭs) n.
wisp′y adj.

wisp

(wɪsp)
n
1. a thin, light, delicate, or fibrous piece or strand, such as a streak of smoke or a lock of hair
2. (Agriculture) a small bundle, as of hay or straw
3. anything slender and delicate: a wisp of a girl.
4. a mere suggestion or hint
5. (Zoology) a flock of birds, esp snipe
vb
6. (often foll by: away) to move or act like a wisp
7. (tr) chiefly dialect Brit to twist into a wisp
8. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) (tr) chiefly Brit to groom (a horse) with a wisp of straw, etc
[C14: variant of wips, of obscure origin; compare wipe]
ˈwispˌlike adj

WISP

(wɪsp)
n acronym for
(Communications & Information) Wireless Information Service Provider: an internet service provider set up to deal with and deliver internet services to clients through wireless access points

wisp

(wɪsp)

n.
1. a handful or small bundle of straw, hay, or the like.
2. any thin tuft, lock, mass, etc.: wisps of hair.
3. a thin puff or streak, as of smoke; slender trace.
4. a person or thing that is small, delicate, or barely discernible.
v.t., v.i.
6. to twist into a wisp.
[1300–50; Middle English wisp, wips; akin to wipe]

wisp


Past participle: wisped
Gerund: wisping

Imperative
wisp
wisp
Present
I wisp
you wisp
he/she/it wisps
we wisp
you wisp
they wisp
Preterite
I wisped
you wisped
he/she/it wisped
we wisped
you wisped
they wisped
Present Continuous
I am wisping
you are wisping
he/she/it is wisping
we are wisping
you are wisping
they are wisping
Present Perfect
I have wisped
you have wisped
he/she/it has wisped
we have wisped
you have wisped
they have wisped
Past Continuous
I was wisping
you were wisping
he/she/it was wisping
we were wisping
you were wisping
they were wisping
Past Perfect
I had wisped
you had wisped
he/she/it had wisped
we had wisped
you had wisped
they had wisped
Future
I will wisp
you will wisp
he/she/it will wisp
we will wisp
you will wisp
they will wisp
Future Perfect
I will have wisped
you will have wisped
he/she/it will have wisped
we will have wisped
you will have wisped
they will have wisped
Future Continuous
I will be wisping
you will be wisping
he/she/it will be wisping
we will be wisping
you will be wisping
they will be wisping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been wisping
you have been wisping
he/she/it has been wisping
we have been wisping
you have been wisping
they have been wisping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been wisping
you will have been wisping
he/she/it will have been wisping
we will have been wisping
you will have been wisping
they will have been wisping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been wisping
you had been wisping
he/she/it had been wisping
we had been wisping
you had been wisping
they had been wisping
Conditional
I would wisp
you would wisp
he/she/it would wisp
we would wisp
you would wisp
they would wisp
Past Conditional
I would have wisped
you would have wisped
he/she/it would have wisped
we would have wisped
you would have wisped
they would have wisped
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wisp - a small tuft or lockwisp - a small tuft or lock; "wisps of hair"
tuft, tussock - a bunch of hair or feathers or growing grass
2.wisp - a small person; "a mere wisp of a girl"
small person - a person of below average size
3.wisp - a small bundle of straw or hay
bundle, package, packet, parcel - a collection of things wrapped or boxed together
4.wisp - a flock of snipe
snipe - Old or New World straight-billed game bird of the sandpiper family; of marshy areas; similar to the woodcocks
flock - a group of birds

wisp

noun piece, twist, strand, thread, shred, snippet She smoothed away a wisp of hair from her eyes.
Translations
خُصْلَةٌ من الشَّعْر
tot
lokkur
gijastyrantis
cirtamutulītisšķipsnastrūkliņa
şuviţăşuviţe
pramienok

wisp

[wɪsp] N [of hair] → mechón m; [of cloud, smoke] → voluta f; [of straw] → manojo m

wisp

[ˈwɪsp] n
[hair] → mèche f
a wisp of straw → un fétu de paille
[smoke] → volute f

wisp

n
(of straw, hair etc)kleines Büschel; (of cloud)Fetzen m; (of smoke)Fahne f, → Wölkchen nt
(= person)elfenhaftes or zartes or zerbrechliches Geschöpf
(= trace)zarte Spur or Andeutung; (= fragment)Hauch m

wisp

[wɪsp] n (of straw, smoke) → filo; (of hair) → ciuffetto

wisp

(wisp) noun
thin strand. a wisp of hair; a wisp of smoke.
ˈwispy adjective
wispy hair.
References in classic literature ?
He was high-shouldered and bony; dressed in decent black, with a white wisp of a neckcloth; buttoned up to the throat; and had a long, lank, skeleton hand, which particularly attracted my attention, as he stood at the pony's head, rubbing his chin with it, and looking up at us in the chaise.
Just before him Tom lay motionless upon the sward; but the murderer minded him not a whit, cleansing his blood-stained knife the while upon a wisp of grass.
He afterwards showed me a wisp of hay, and a fetlock full of oats; but I shook my head, to signify that neither of these were food for me.
He found a little wisp of grass floating there, and clung to it till he lost his senses.
Then with the wisp he rubbed all over the jamb of the door, above, below, and at each side, and round the fireplace in the same way.
He returned to Musqueton, but the steward had sold the last wisp.
Evidently she neither knew nor cared so much as a wisp of hay about Cadmus, and was only thinking how to get her living along the wayside, where the herbage was green and fresh.
Pulling back a wisp of dirty cloth, he revealed a worn brass crucifix leaning against the helmet badge of a long-forgotten East India Company's regiment.
A wisp of green floating in the air caught my eye, and another glance showed me that it was carried on a stick by a man who was moving among the broken ground.
The hair was peculiar, plastered down in front in a long, curving wisp over his massive forehead.
If he starts off with the top hat and umbrella the afternoon turns out fearfully hot, and the perspiration takes all the soap out of his mustache and converts the beautifully arranged curl over his forehead into a limp wisp resembling a lump of seaweed.
The apt old scholar of the old school, with his dull black breeches tied with ribbons at the knees, his large black waistcoat, his long- sleeved black coat, and his wisp of limp white neckerchief tied in the bow the peerage knows so well, stands in exactly the same place and attitude.