Definition of whiffle in US English:



[no object]
  • 1Make a soft sound, like that of breathing or a gentle wind.

    ‘as we walked, air began whiffling down off Bald Peak’
    • ‘I was leading the group, hacking through the undergrowth with my trusty knife when all of a sudden we heard a sound, barely perceptible, like a whiffling in the undergrowth.’
    1. 1.1 Move or cause to move lightly as if blown by a puff of air.
      no object ‘the geese came whiffling down onto the grass’
      with object ‘the mouse whiffled its whiskers’


  • 1A slight movement of air, or the sound of such a movement.

  • 2US informal A very short haircut worn by US soldiers in World War II.


Mid 16th century: frequentative (verb), diminutive (noun) of whiff.