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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.

wispy

(ˈwɪspɪ)
adj, wispier or wispiest
wisplike; delicate, faint, light, etc
ˈwispily adv
ˈwispiness n

wisp•y

(ˈwɪs pi)

also wisp′ish,



adj. wisp•i•er, wisp•i•est.
being a wisp or in wisps.
[1710–20]
wisp′i•ly, adv.
wisp′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.wispy - thin and weak; "a wispy little fellow with small hands and feet"- Edmund Wilson
lean, thin - lacking excess flesh; "you can't be too rich or too thin"; "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"-Shakespeare
2.wispy - lacking clarity or distinctness; "a dim figure in the distance"; "only a faint recollection"; "shadowy figures in the gloom"; "saw a vague outline of a building through the fog"; "a few wispy memories of childhood"
indistinct - not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand; "indistinct shapes in the gloom"; "an indistinct memory"; "only indistinct notions of what to do"

wispy

adjective
1. straggly, fine, thin, frail, wisplike Grey wispy hair straggled down to her shoulders.
Translations
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wispy

[ˈwɪspɪ] ADJ [hair] → ralo, fino; [cloud] → tenue

wispy

[ˈwɪspi] adj
[hair] → qui pousse en mèches éparses
[cloud] → fin(e)

wispy

adj (+er) grassdürr, fein; girlzerbrechlich, zart; wispy cloudsWolkenfetzen pl; wispy hairdünne Haarbüschel

wispy

[ˈwɪspɪ] adj (hair) → fine, sottile; (clouds) → vaporoso/a

wisp

(wisp) noun
thin strand. a wisp of hair; a wisp of smoke.
ˈwispy adjective
wispy hair.
References in classic literature ?
His hair was mangy, standing out in isolated patches of wispy grey.
His hair, a wispy, sandy yellow, seemed as dimmed and faded as his eyes.
Though they are rich green and fairly static in summer, as autumn progresses their blades get longer and more wispy and their colour changes to subtle shades of olive green, orange and russet.
WISPY "I only use it at two tournaments a year, this one and the Open Championship.
He is described as white, between 5ft 2ins-5ft 5ins tall, with a scruffy wispy moustache.
What you don't want is stubble, which will happen if you shave off the wispy hair.
After a flawless trip to the International Space Station, Nasa's oldest shuttle swooped through a few wispy clouds on its way to its final touchdown.
I marvel at a myriad of hues From leaves fluttering in the breeze Golden, orange and blood-red Under heavens painted carelessly With wispy clouds drifting past the sun.
Their wispy, feathery green leaves make an attractive foil for other border plants, while their flat, plate-like flower clusters come in a vast array of colours from whites and creams, to yellows, pinks and crimsons.
May 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog today called on the state attorneys general to investigate Google's WiSpy snooping in their respective states to determine what state laws were broken.
Washington, January 6 (ANI): NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured an action-packed picture of the nearby Small Magellanic Cloud, a small galaxy that looks like a wispy cloud when seen from Earth.
He has short dark hair, stubble on his cheeks and a wispy beard.