Definition of waft noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//wɒft//
; NAmE NAmE//wɑːft//
, NAmE//wæft//
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(formal) a smell or a line of smoke carried through the air wafts of perfume/smoke Word Originearly 16th cent. (in the sense ‘escort a ship’): back-formation from obsolete wafter (used only by opponents of the practice) ‘armed convoy vessel’, from Low German, Dutch wachter, from wachten ‘to guard’. A sense ‘convey by water’ gave rise to the current use of the verb.
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