follow Dictionary.com

Denotation vs. Connotation

waft

[waft, wahft] /wæft, wɑft/
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 of waft
late Middle English
1535-1545
1535-45; back formation from late Middle English waughter armed escort vessel < Dutch or Low German wachter watchman; in some senses confused with waff
Related forms
wafter, noun
unwafted, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for wafting
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • "Now the winds of heaven be thanked for wafting thee hither, dear Wat," he cried.

    Sea-Dogs All! Tom Bevan
  • That his return was heralded by wafting breezes with whisky laden.

    The Job Sinclair Lewis
  • The moment was critical, for the wind was baffling, now wafting the sparks clear away, now whirling them in eddies around us.

  • Other hands were on him, wafting him up the stairs as though riding a gale.

    Stover at Yale Owen Johnson
  • The winds and waves are wafting thousands to the land of refuge.

    Spencer's Letters Orson Spencer
  • A wafting of the spring smells came in at his back, and he stood with his bonnet in his hand.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
British Dictionary definitions for wafting

waft

/wɑːft; wɒft/
verb
1.
to carry or be carried gently on or as if on the air or water
noun
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
Derived Forms
waftage, noun
Word Origin
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for wafting

waft

v.

1510s, "to carry over water," back-formation from obsolete wafter "convoy ship" (late 15c.), from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German wachter "a guard," from wachten "to guard," related to waken "rouse from sleep" (see wake (n.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" (1510s), a variant of wave. Related: Wafted; wafting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for waft

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for wafting

14
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for wafting