waft

[waft, wahft]
verb (used with object)
1.
to carry lightly and smoothly through the air or over water: The gentle breeze wafted the sound of music to our ears.
2.
to send or convey lightly, as if in flight: The actress wafted kisses to her admirers in the audience.
3.
Obsolete. to signal to, summon, or direct by waving.
verb (used without object)
4.
to float or be carried, especially through the air: The sound wafted on the breeze. The music wafted across the lake.
noun
5.
a sound, odor, etc., faintly perceived: a waft of perfume.
6.
a wafting movement; light current or gust: a waft of air.
7.
the act of wafting.
8.
Also, waif. Nautical. a signal given by waving a flag.

Origin:
1535–45; back formation from late Middle English waughter armed escort vessel < Dutch or Low German wachter watchman; in some senses confused with waff

wafter, noun
unwafted, adjective
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waft (wɑːft, wɒft)
 
vb
1.  to carry or be carried gently on or as if on the air or water
 
n
2.  the act or an instance of wafting
3.  something, such as a scent, carried on the air
4.  a wafting motion
5.  nautical Also called: waif (formerly) a signal flag hoisted furled to signify various messages depending on where it was flown
 
[C16 (in obsolete sense: to convey by ship): back formation from C15 wafter a convoy vessel, from Middle Dutch wachter guard, from wachten to guard; influenced by waff]
 
'waftage
 
n

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Word Origin & History

waft
1513, "to carry over water," back-formation from obs. wafter "convoy ship" (1482), from M.Du. or M.L.G. wachter "a guard," from wachten "to guard," related to waken "rouse from sleep" (see wake (1)). The meaning "pass through air or space, float" is first attested 1704, and
possibly shows some influence of northern dialect waff "cause to move to and fro" (1513), a variant of wave.
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Example sentences
The spicy fragrance wafting through the air can get anyone in a festive spirit.
The scientists noticed a yeasty smell wafting from a local palm.
It doesn't take long before warm air is wafting from the covers.
The excitement the indescribable odor wafting from his camp bag.
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