Etymology
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wisp (n.)

early 14c., "handful or bundle of hay, grass, etc.," used for burning or cleaning or as a cushion; perhaps from an unrecorded Old English word, cognate with Norwegian and Swedish visp "wisp," of unknown origin; sometimes said to be connected with whisk or with Middle Low German and Middle Dutch wispel "a measure of grain." Meaning "thin, filmy portion" first attested 1836.

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Definitions of wisp

wisp (n.)
a small tuft or lock;
wisps of hair
wisp (n.)
a small person;
a mere wisp of a girl
wisp (n.)
a small bundle of straw or hay;
wisp (n.)
a flock of snipe;
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