One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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 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.
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