from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A slight, gentle gust of air; a waft: a whiff of cool air.
- n. A brief, passing odor carried in the air: a whiff of perfume.
- n. A minute trace: "Humanity is unregenerable and hates the language of conformity, since conformity has a whiff of the inhuman about it” ( Anthony Burgess).
- n. An inhalation, as of air or smoke: Take a whiff of this pipe.
- n. Baseball A strikeout.
- intransitive v. To be carried in brief gusts; waft: puffs of smoke whiffing from the chimney.
- intransitive v. Sports To swing at and miss a ball or puck.
- intransitive v. Baseball To strike out. Used of a batter.
- transitive v. To blow or convey in whiffs.
- transitive v. To inhale through the nose; sniff: a dog whiffing the air.
- transitive v. Baseball To strike out (a batter).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A waft; a brief, gentle breeze; a light gust of air
- n. An odour carried briefly through the air
- n. A short inhalation of breath, especially of smoke from a cigarette or pipe
- n. a slight sign of something
- n. A strike (from the batter’s perspective)
- n. The megrim, a fish with scientific name Lepidorhombus boscii or Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis
- v. To waft.
- v. To sniff.
- v. To strike out.
- v. to attempt to strike and miss, especially being off-balance/vulnerable after missing.
- adj. Having a strong or unpleasant odor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sudden expulsion of air from the mouth; a quick puff or slight gust, as of air or smoke.
- n. A glimpse; a hasty view.
- n. The marysole, or sail fluke.
- transitive v. To throw out in whiffs; to consume in whiffs; to puff.
- transitive v. To carry or convey by a whiff, or as by a whiff; to puff or blow away.
- intransitive v. To emit whiffs, as of smoke; to puff.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A slight blast or gust of air; especially, a puff of air conveying some smell.
- n. A quick inhalation of air, and especially of smoke; a drawing or drinking; in of smoke; also, a draught or drink, as of wine or liquid.
- n. A sudden expulsion of air, smoke, or the like from the mouth; a puff.
- n. A hasty view; a glimpse; a gliff.
- n. At Oxford and other places on the Thames, a light kind of outrigger boat.
- To puff; blow; produce or emit a puff or whiff.
- To drink.
- To puff; puff out; exhale; blow: as, to whiff out rings of smoke.
- To carry as by a slight blast or whiff of wind.
- To draw in; imbibe; inhale: said of air or smoke, and frequently of liquids also.
- n. An anacanthine or malacopterygious fish of the family Pleuronectidæ, a kind of flatfish or flounder, the Cynicoglossus microcephalus, found in British waters; the smear-dab, sail-fluke, or marysole.
- To fish, as for mackerel, with a hand-line. See whiffing, n.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. smoke and exhale strongly
- v. drive or carry as if by a puff of air
- v. perceive by inhaling through the nose
- n. a short light gust of air
- n. a strikeout resulting from the batter swinging at and missing the ball for the third strike
- v. strike out by swinging and missing the pitch charged as the third
- v. utter with a puff of air
- n. a lefteye flounder found in coastal waters from New England to Brazil
Perhaps alteration of Middle English weffe, offensive smell.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)