horned whiff

horned whiff

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2 [hwif, wif]
any of several flatfishes having both eyes on the left side of the head, of the genus Citharichthys, as C. cornutus (horned whiff) inhabiting Atlantic waters from New England to Brazil.

1705–15; origin uncertain

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whiff1 (wɪf)
1.  a passing odour
2.  a brief gentle gust of air
3.  a single inhalation or exhalation from the mouth or nose
4.  to come, convey, or go in whiffs; puff or waft
5.  to take in or breathe out (tobacco smoke, air, etc)
6.  (tr) to sniff or smell
7.  slang (Brit) (intr) to have an unpleasant smell; stink
[C16: of imitative origin]

whiff2 (wɪf)
chiefly (Brit) a narrow clinker-built skiff having outriggers, for one oarsman
[C19: special use of whiff1]

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Word Origin & History

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" (1568). The verb in the baseball slang sense "to swing at a ball and miss" first recorded 1913.
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