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

     

    whiff

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] (British English, informal) to smell bad
  2. 2[intransitive] (North American English) (in golf or baseball) to try without success to hit the ball
  3. 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.
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