AskDefine | Define wisp

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Wisp \Wisp\, n. [OE. wisp, wips; probably akin to D. & G. wisch, Icel. visk, and perhaps to L. virga a twig, rod. Cf. Verge a rod, Whisk, n.] [1913 Webster]
A small bundle, as of straw or other like substance. [1913 Webster] In a small basket, on a wisp of hay. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]
A whisk, or small broom. [1913 Webster]
A Will-o'-the-wisp; an ignis fatuus. [1913 Webster] The wisp that flickers where no foot can tread. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]
Wisp \Wisp\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wisped; p. pr. & vb. n. Wisping.] [1913 Webster]
To brush or dress, an with a wisp. [1913 Webster]
To rumple. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell. [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 a small tuft or lock; "wisps of hair"
2 a small person; "a mere wisp of a girl"
3 a small bundle of straw or hay
4 a flock of snipe




  1. A small bundle, as of straw or other like substance; any slender, flexible structure or group.
    A wisp of smoke rose from the candle for a few moments after he blew it out.
    A wisp of hair escaped her barette and whipped wildly in the wind.


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