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



    BrE BrE//wɪf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪf//
    [usually singular]
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  1. 1whiff (of something) a smell, especially one that you only smell for a short time a whiff of cigar smoke He caught a whiff of perfume as he leaned towards her.
  2. 2whiff (of something) a slight sign or feeling of something a whiff of danger
  3. 3(North American English) (in golf or baseball) an unsuccessful attempt to hit the ball
  4. Word Originlate 16th cent. (originally in the senses ‘gust of wind’ and ‘inhalation of tobacco smoke’, also, as a verb, ‘blow with a slight gust’): imitative.Extra examples I caught the whiff of Scotch on his breath. Journalists caught a whiff of scandal and pursued the actress relentlessly. She took a deep whiff of his aftershave. The proposal had the whiff of a hoax about it. The unmistakable whiff of electoral blackmail could be detected. a whiff of perfume He caught a whiff of her perfume as she passed. She can’t bear the slightest whiff of tobacco smoke.
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