waft


waft
waft (v.) 1510s, "to carry over water," back-formation from obsolete wafter "convoy ship" (late 15c.), from M.Du. or M.L.G. wachter "a guard," from wachten "to guard," related to waken "rouse from sleep" (see WAKE (Cf. wake) (1)). The meaning "pass through air or space, float" is first attested 1704, and possibly shows some influence of northern dialect waff "cause to move to and fro" (1510s), a variant of wave. Related: Wafted; wafting.

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  • waft — [wa:ft, wɔft US wa:ft, wæft] v [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: waft to guard a group of ships as they sail along (16 17 centuries), from Middle Dutch wachten to watch, guard ] 1.) [I,T always + adverb/preposition] if a smell, smoke, or a light wind… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Waft — Waft, n. 1. A wave or current of wind. Everywaft of the air. Longfellow. [1913 Webster] In this dire season, oft the whirlwind s wing Sweeps up the burden of whole wintry plains In one wide waft. Thomson. [1913 Webster] 2. A signal made by waving …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Waft — Waft, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wafted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wafting}.] [Prob. originally imp. & p. p. of wave, v. t. See {Wave} to waver.] 1. To give notice to by waving something; to wave the hand to; to beckon. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] But soft: who… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Waft — Waft, v. i. To be moved, or to pass, on a buoyant medium; to float. [1913 Webster] And now the shouts waft near the citadel. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • waft — [ waft ] verb intransitive if a smell or noise wafts, it floats through the air in a gentle way: The aroma of freshly made pancakes wafted through the air. ╾ waft noun count …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • waft — waft·age; waft·er; waft; …   English syllables

  • waft — [wäft, waft] vt. [back form. < obs. wafter, convoy < LME waughter < Du wachter, lit., a watcher < wachten, to watch: for IE base see WAKE1] 1. a) to carry or propel (objects, sounds, odors, etc.) lightly through the air or over water… …   English World dictionary

  • waft — [v] carry bear, be carried, blow, convey, drift, float, ride, transmit, transport; concepts 147,217 …   New thesaurus

  • waft — ► VERB ▪ pass easily or gently through the air. ► NOUN 1) a gentle movement of air. 2) a scent carried in the air. ORIGIN originally in the sense «escort (a ship)», later «convey by water»: from Low German, Dutch wachten to guard …   English terms dictionary

  • waft|er — «WAF tuhr, WAHF », noun. 1. a person or thing that wafts. 2. a revolving fan or disk in a type of blower. ╂[< waft1 + er1] …   Useful english dictionary


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