whiff of


whiff of
   associated with something illegal or taboo
   From the smell:
    ... we got a definite whiff of march hare. (Monkhouse, 1993 — somebody was acting strangely)
   Carlyle's whiff of grapeshot was the firing on the Paris mob by Napoleon which established order and his personal authority.

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  • whiff´er — whiff «hwihf», noun, verb. –n. 1. a slight gust; puff; breath: »A whiff of fresh air cleared his head. Not a whiff of life left in either of the bodies (Thomas Hardy). 2. a blow. 3. a slight smell; puff of air having an odor: »a whiff of garlic.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • whiff — [wıf] n [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: From the sound of a light movement of air carrying a smell] 1.) a very slight smell of something whiff of ▪ a whiff of tobacco get/catch a whiff of sth ▪ As she walked past, I caught a whiff of her perfume. 2.) a …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Whiff — Whiff, n. [OE. weffe vapor, whiff, probably of imitative origin; cf. Dan. vift a puff, gust, W. chwiff a whiff, puff.] [1913 Webster] 1. A sudden expulsion of air from the mouth; a quick puff or slight gust, as of air or smoke. [1913 Webster] But …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Whiff — Whiff, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Whiffed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Whiffing}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To throw out in whiffs; to consume in whiffs; to puff. [1913 Webster] 2. To carry or convey by a whiff, or as by a whiff; to puff or blow away. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whiff — [ wıf, hwıf ] noun singular 1. ) a slight smell of something: Opening the door, she caught a whiff of cigarette smoke. 2. ) MAINLY LITERARY a slight amount or sign of something: a whiff of danger …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Whiff — Whiff, v. i. To emit whiffs, as of smoke; to puff. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whiff — [hwif, wif] n. [echoic] 1. a light puff or gust of air or wind; breath 2. a slight wave or gust of odor; faint momentary smell [a whiff of garlic] 3. an inhaling or exhaling, as of tobacco smoke ☆ 4. Informal a complete miss when attempting to… …   English World dictionary

  • whiff — 13c., weffe foul scent or odor, of imitative origin. Modern form became popular late 16c. with tobacco smoking, probably influenced by whiffle blow in gusts or puffs (1560s). The verb in the baseball slang sense to swing at a ball and miss first… …   Etymology dictionary

  • whiff — [n] smell of an odor aroma, blast, breath, dash, draught, flatus, fume, gust, hint, inhalation, odor, puff, scent, shade, smack, sniff, snuff, soupçon, trace, trifle, waft; concepts 599,601,602 …   New thesaurus

  • whiff — ► NOUN 1) a smell that is smelt only briefly or faintly. 2) Brit. informal an unpleasant smell. 3) a trace or hint of something bad or exciting. 4) a puff or breath of air or smoke. ► VERB 1) get a brief or faint smell of. 2) …   English terms dictionary

  • whiff — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ faint, slight ▪ strong ▪ unmistakable (often figurative) ▪ The unmistakable whiff of electoral blackmail could be detected. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary


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