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Related to whiffle: Wiffle
v. whif·fled, whif·fling, whif·fles
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.
To blow, displace, or scatter with gusts of air: The breeze whiffled the blinds.
[Perhaps frequentative of whiff.]
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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]
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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.
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Past participle: whiffled
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