Etymology
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whiff (n.)

13c., weffe "foul scent or odor," of imitative origin. Modern form became popular late 16c. with tobacco smoking, probably influenced by whiffle "blow in gusts or puffs" (1560s). The verb in the baseball slang sense "to swing at a ball and miss" first recorded 1913.

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Definitions of whiff
1
whiff (v.)
perceive by inhaling through the nose;
Synonyms: sniff
whiff (v.)
drive or carry as if by a puff of air;
The gust of air whiffed away the clouds
whiff (v.)
strike out by swinging and missing the pitch charged as the third;
whiff (v.)
smoke and exhale strongly;
whiff a pipe
Synonyms: puff
whiff (v.)
utter with a puff of air;
whiff out a prayer
2
whiff (n.)
a short light gust of air;
Synonyms: puff / puff of air
whiff (n.)
a lefteye flounder found in coastal waters from New England to Brazil;
whiff (n.)
a strikeout resulting from the batter swinging at and missing the ball for the third strike;
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