from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To wave or flutter or to cause to do so.
- n. A waving or fluttering motion.
- n. A gust of air; a waft.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An obsolete form of wave.
- To bark.
- Worthless; low-born; inferior; paltry.
- n. The act of waving.
- n. A hasty motion.
- n. A slight stroke from any soft body.
- n. A sudden or slight ailment: as, a waff o' cauld.
- n. A spirit or ghost.
When he visited the 2008 Olympics in Beijing he gave a memorable speech explaining how the British invented ping pong, or "wiff waff" as he informed his audience it was once called.
Boris on the Olympics, ping-pong versus whiff-waff and the differing attitudes to dining tables in England and France.
I had to admit that I was overawed by the woman, a jellyfish and a wimp in her presence, allowing her to dismiss my waff lings with a wave of her hand.
Everything in the Wrounipai waff slick with moss or rough with fungi.
He went bye with a waff of wind in his plaiding, and his haunch-man as he passed at a discreet distance got the double share of jibe and glunch from the mariners.
"You are very much afraid of a waff of wind blowing on your cousin's name," I would cry.
But I will tell ye what ye may hear when we get down the hill by the joiner's shop -- and that's the clink o 'the saddle irons, and the waff o' their horses 'lugs as they shake their necks -- them no liking their heads tied up in bags.'
"Juist e'en the waff o 'your ain coat-tails, mistress," said Tammock.
If this were an Eighties slideshow presentation, I'd be pressing a button around now and the picture would awkwardly and diagonally change from my stupid face to the lovelier and nearly as stupid face of… shuffla-waff…
Did ye no ken of three young doctors -- Eirish students -- alang with some resurrectioners, as waff and wile as themsells, firing shottie for shottie with the guard at
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