Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small bunch or bundle, as of straw, hair, or grass.
  • n. One that is thin, frail, or slight.
  • n. A thin or faint streak or fragment, as of smoke or clouds.
  • n. A fleeting trace or indication; a hint: a wisp of a smile.
  • n. A flock of birds, especially snipe. See Synonyms at flock1.
  • n. See ignis fatuus.
  • transitive v. To twist into wisps or a wisp.
  • intransitive v. To drift in wisps: smoke wisping from chimneys.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small bundle, as of straw or other like substance; any slender, flexible structure or group.
  • v. To brush or dress, as with a wisp.
  • v. To rumple.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small bundle, as of straw or other like substance.
  • n. A whisk, or small broom.
  • n. A Will-o'-the-wisp; an ignis fatuus.
  • transitive v. To brush or dress, an with a wisp.
  • transitive v. To rumple.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To brush, dress, or rub down with or as with a wisp.
  • To rumple.
  • n. A handful or small bundle, as of straw or hay; a twisted handful.
  • n. A whisk, or small broom.
  • n. An ignis fatuus, or will-o'-the-wisp.
  • n. A disease in cattle, consisting in inflammation and suppuration of the interdigital tissues, most commonly of the hind feet.
  • n. In falconry, a flight or walk of snipe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small person
  • n. a small tuft or lock
  • n. a flock of snipe
  • n. a small bundle of straw or hay

Etymologies

Middle English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English; akin to Middle Dutch/Middle Low German wispel 'measure of grain', Norwegian bokmål/Swedish/Bornholm Danish visp 'handful or bundle of grass, hay, etc'. (Wiktionary)

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