One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Make a soft sound, like that of breathing or a gentle wind.‘he snored, and as he breathed out he whiffled through loose lips’
- ‘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 on to 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 the Second World War.
Mid 16th century: frequentative (verb), diminutive (noun) of whiff.
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