- 1[intransitive] (British English, informal) to smell bad
- 2[intransitive] (North American English) (in golf or baseball) to try without success to hit the ball Word Origin late 16th cent. (originally in the senses ‘gust of wind’ and ‘inhalation of tobacco smoke’, also, as a verb, ‘blow with a slight gust’): imitative.
BrE BrE//wɪf//; NAmE NAmE//wɪf//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they whiff
BrE BrE//wɪf//; NAmE NAmE//wɪf//he / she / it whiffs
BrE BrE//wɪfs//; NAmE NAmE//wɪfs//past simple whiffed
BrE BrE//wɪft//; NAmE NAmE//wɪft//past participle whiffed
BrE BrE//wɪft//; NAmE NAmE//wɪft//-ing form whiffing
BrE BrE//ˈwɪfɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪfɪŋ//