whiff

A whiff can mean the hint of something you smell. When you drive past the sewage treatment plant and suddenly roll up your car windows, it's usually because you've gotten a whiff of the plant's special odor.

Whiff can be used as either a noun or verb, and it implies a brief or small puff or sniff. A person can have "a whiff of the exotic," which means they are living like the rest of us, but there is a little something about them that seems foreign or different. Sometimes, of course, odors are so overpowering that a small sniff is all you need: "Take a whiff of this," your friend might say to you, holding out a carton of sour milk. In that case, one whiff will be more than enough.

Definitions of whiff
  1. noun
    a short light gust of air
    synonyms: puff, puff of air
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    blast, blow, gust
    a strong current of air
  2. noun
    a strikeout resulting from the batter swinging at and missing the ball for the third strike
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    strikeout
    an out resulting from the batter getting three strikes
  3. verb
    drive or carry as if by a puff of air
    “The gust of air whiffed away the clouds”
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    blow
    cause to move by means of an air current
  4. verb
    utter with a puff of air
    whiff out a prayer”
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    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    express in speech
  5. verb
    perceive by inhaling through the nose
    synonyms: sniff
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    type of:
    smell
    inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense
  6. verb
    smoke and exhale strongly
    whiff a pipe”
    synonyms: puff
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    type of:
    smoke
    inhale and exhale smoke from cigarettes, cigars, pipes
  7. verb
    strike out by swinging and missing the pitch charged as the third
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    strike out
    put out or be put out by a strikeout
  8. noun
    a lefteye flounder found in coastal waters from New England to Brazil
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    Citharichthys cornutus, horned whiff
    a whiff found in waters from the Bahamas and northern Gulf of Mexico to Brazil
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    lefteye flounder, lefteyed flounder
    flatfishes with both eyes on the left side of the head
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