v.i. blow in puffs or gusts; make a light whistling sound; be evasive; vacillate.
   ♦ whiffler n. evasive or vacillating person; attendant who cleared the way for a procession.

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  • Whiffle — Whif fle, v. t. [1913 Webster] 1. To disperse with, or as with, a whiff, or puff; to scatter. [Obs.] Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster] 2. To wave or shake quickly; to cause to whiffle. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whiffle — (v.) flicker or flutter as if blown by the wind, 1660s; see WHIFF (Cf. whiff). The noun meaning something light or insignificant (1670s) is preserved in whiffle ball (1931) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Whiffle — Whif fle, n. A fife or small flute. [Obs.] Douce. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Whiffle — Whif fle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Whiffled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Whiffling}.] [Freq. of whiff to puff, perhaps influenced by D. weifelen to waver.] [1913 Webster] 1. To waver, or shake, as if moved by gusts of wind; to shift, turn, or veer about.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whiffle — [hwif′əl, wif′əl] vi. whiffled, whiffling [freq. of WHIFF] 1. to blow fitfully; blow in puffs or gusts: said of the wind 2. to shift or veer about; vacillate vt. to blow or scatter with or as with a puff of wind …   English World dictionary

  • whiffle — verb (whiffled; whiffling) Etymology: probably frequentative of whiff Date: 1568 intransitive verb 1. a. of the wind to blow unsteadily or in gusts b. vacillate 2. to emit or produce a light whistling or puffing sound …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • whiffle — whiffling …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • whiffle — /hwif euhl, wif /, v., whiffled, whiffling. v.i. 1. to blow in light or shifting gusts or puffs, as the wind; veer or toss about irregularly. 2. to shift about; vacillate; be fickle. v.t. 3. to blow with light, shifting gusts. [1550 60; WHIFF +… …   Universalium

  • whiffle — 1. noun A short blow or gust 2. verb a) to blow a short gust b) to waffle, talk aimlessly …   Wiktionary

  • whiffle — whif·fle || hwɪfl / w v. blow lightly (about the wind); make a blowing sound; move back and forth; be fickle, be variable …   English contemporary dictionary

  • whiffle — verb blow or move lightly. ↘make a soft sound. noun a slight movement of air. Origin C16: frequentative (v.), dimin. (n.) of whiff1 …   English new terms dictionary