One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘I caught a whiff of peachy perfume’
faint smell, brief smell, trace, sniff, scent, odour, aroma
2‘there's a terrible whiff in here’
stench, stink, foul smell, reek, fetidness, effluvium, miasma
pong, niff, hum
rhyming slang pen and ink
North American funk
rare fetor, malodour, mephitis, noisomeness
3‘there was the faintest whiff of irony in his letter’
trace, hint, note, suggestion, impression, suspicion, soupçon, touch, nuance, intimation, trifle, drop, dash, tinge, tincture, streak, vein, shred, crumb, shadow, breath, whisper, air, savour, flavour, element, overtone, scintilla, jot, bit, spot, speck, iota
informal smidgen, tad
4‘whiffs of smoke emerged from the boiler’
puff, gust, blast, rush, flurry, gale, breath, draught, waft
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