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[waf, wahf] /wæf, wɑf/
noun, Scot. and North England
a puff or blast of air, wind, etc.
a brief view; glance.
Origin of waff
1590-1600; derivative of dial. waff to wave Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • waffle, wof′l, n. a kind of batter-cake, baked over the fire in an iron utensil of hinged halves called a waff′le-ī′ron.

  • He was that prood he was walkin' sae far back on his heels that a waff o' win' wad hae couped him, and whustlin' 'Dark Lochnagar.'

    Erchie (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro
  • In Cumberland this apparition is known by the peasantry as a ‘swarth,’ and in Yorkshire by the name of a ‘waff.’

    The Ghost World T. F. Thiselton (Thomas Firminger Thiselton) Dyer
  • "You are very much afraid of a waff of wind blowing on your cousin's name," I would cry.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • A sudden affection, producing a bodily ailment; as a waff of cauld, S.  6.

British Dictionary definitions for waff


/wæf; wɑːf/
noun (Scot & Northern English, dialect)
a gust or puff of air
a glance; glimpse
to flutter or cause to flutter
Word Origin
C16: Scottish and northern English variant of wave
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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