from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of whiff.
  • n. The act of one who, or that which, whiffs.
  • n. A mode of fishing with a hand line for pollock, mackerel, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of one who, or that which, whiffs.
  • n. A mode of fishing with a hand line for pollack, mackerel, and the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Surface-fishing with a hand-line.
  • n. A kind of hand-line used for taking mackerel, pollack, and the like.


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  • According to Le Whif's website, people have been "whiffing" around the world since May 2009.

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  • Harvard professor David Edwards wrote a graphic novel envisioning a future world where people ingested their food by smelling, or "whiffing," it.


  • By taking themselves out of the game, Republican members of congress are whiffing on a chance to influence what happens.

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  • After whiffing shortstop Orlando Cabrera, Loaiza issued another free pass to Manny Ramirez.

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  • As for the Knicks, their fans have reason to be excited, especially after whiffing on LeBron James last summer.

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  • Worst 2008 Draft Class Impact: Moments later, Moore was victimized on the 71-yard Brandon Jackson run, whiffing on an attempted tackle near the line of scrimmage.

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  • It was the second real fight of Green's NHL career, and it sort of showed, with the two men whiffing initially -- "pawing at long distance," as Joe Beninati put it -- then finally linking up and engaging in a high-speed super-spin tango that must have left them more dizzy than anything else.

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  • Investors are finding pockets of opportunity across the continent, and as banks shed their non-performing property portfolios and liquidity becomes more freely available, many are whiffing the rich scent of good value.

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  • Curtis Granderson has struck out 17 times against them—whiffing in half his official at-bats.

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