whiffle


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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 whiff.]

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 whiff1]

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.
[1550–60; whiff + -le]
whif′fler, n.

whiffle


Past participle: whiffled
Gerund: whiffling

Imperative
whiffle
whiffle
Present
I whiffle
you whiffle
he/she/it whiffles
we whiffle
you whiffle
they whiffle
Preterite
I whiffled
you whiffled
he/she/it whiffled
we whiffled
you whiffled
they whiffled
Present Continuous
I am whiffling
you are whiffling
he/she/it is whiffling
we are whiffling
you are whiffling
they are whiffling
Present Perfect
I have whiffled
you have whiffled
he/she/it has whiffled
we have whiffled
you have whiffled
they have whiffled
Past Continuous
I was whiffling
you were whiffling
he/she/it was whiffling
we were whiffling
you were whiffling
they were whiffling
Past Perfect
I had whiffled
you had whiffled
he/she/it had whiffled
we had whiffled
you had whiffled
they had whiffled
Future
I will whiffle
you will whiffle
he/she/it will whiffle
we will whiffle
you will whiffle
they will whiffle
Future Perfect
I will have whiffled
you will have whiffled
he/she/it will have whiffled
we will have whiffled
you will have whiffled
they will have whiffled
Future Continuous
I will be whiffling
you will be whiffling
he/she/it will be whiffling
we will be whiffling
you will be whiffling
they will be whiffling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been whiffling
you have been whiffling
he/she/it has been whiffling
we have been whiffling
you have been whiffling
they have been whiffling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been whiffling
you will have been whiffling
he/she/it will have been whiffling
we will have been whiffling
you will have been whiffling
they will have been whiffling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been whiffling
you had been whiffling
he/she/it had been whiffling
we had been whiffling
you had been whiffling
they had been whiffling
Conditional
I would whiffle
you would whiffle
he/she/it would whiffle
we would whiffle
you would whiffle
they would whiffle
Past Conditional
I would have whiffled
you would have whiffled
he/she/it would have whiffled
we would have whiffled
you would have whiffled
they would have whiffled
Translations

whiffle

vi (wind)böig wehen; (flame)flackern; (flag etc)flattern; (fig: = be unsteady) → schwanken, flatterhaft sein
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"Exactly, for Amy keeps me pointing due west most of the time, with only an occasional whiffle round to the south, and I haven't had an easterly spell since I was married.
Attendees enjoyed games of ping-pong, miniature golf, whiffle ball and basketball while live karaoke and the NBA finals didn't miss a beat in the background.
Players, divided into two teams of five, drive bumper cars and use hand-held scoops to pass a softball-sized whiffle ball around and attempt to score by hitting a target.
We were playing whiffle ball, thwacking it across the backyard.
When I was 16, and my brother and two sisters were married, my parents moved again, this time to a smaller but newer home with a larger yard, a flowering mimosa tree in front, some apple trees in the back and enough space to play extended family whiffle ball games.
Originally, Popeye got his strength from rubbing the head of a Whiffle Hen, changing to spinach by 1932.
My brothers and I were playing whiffle ball in the front yard like we so often did, and Mom had jumped on a horse with a friend to run and check one of her "honey holes"; it was evidently a success.
Players use wooden or composite paddles roughly twice the size of ping pong paddles to hit a perforated plastic ball similar to a whiffle ball over a net about one yard tall.
The game is played with a plastic whiffle ball and paddles that resemble those used in racquetball.
For example, combined practice has been shown to be superior for performance across a variety of sport and non-sport tasks, including hitting a whiffle golf ball (Lutz, McBride, & Rothstein, 1979), swimming (White, Ashton, & Lewis, 1979), basketball shooting (Etnier & Landers, 1996), and rotary pursuit tracking (Rawlings et al., 1972).
He keeps the character's assorted dimensions twirling in the air like whiffle balls.