waft (v.)

c. 1500, transitive, "to move gently" (through the air), probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, ultimately from wachten "to guard" (perhaps via notion of a ship that guards another as it sails), related to waken "rouse from sleep," from Proto-Germanic *waht-, from PIE root *weg- "to be strong, be lively." Possibly influenced by northern dialect waff "cause to move to and fro" (1510s), a variant of wave. Intransitive sense from 1560s. Related: Wafted; wafting.

updated on June 03, 2017

Definitions of waft from WordNet
waft (v.)
be driven or carried along, as by the air;
Sounds wafted into the room
waft (v.)
blow gently;
A breeze wafted through the door
waft (n.)
a long flag; often tapering;
Synonyms: pennant / pennon / streamer
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