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whiffle

[hwif-uh l, wif-] /ˈʰwɪf əl, ˈwɪf-/
verb (used without object), whiffled, whiffling.
1.
to blow in light or shifting gusts or puffs, as the wind; veer or toss about irregularly.
2.
to shift about; vacillate; be fickle.
verb (used with object), whiffled, whiffling.
3.
to blow with light, shifting gusts.
Origin
1550-1560
1550-60; whiff + -le
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Examples for whiffle
  • Even without the forced perspective, it was the size of one of those toy bats that kids use for whiffle ball.
  • It is played with a perforated plastic ball similar to a whiffle ball, and wood or composite paddles.
  • The blades were loaded with a three-point whiffle-tree arrangement.
  • The second use is being suggested as a whiffle ball field for seniors in the evenings.
British Dictionary definitions for whiffle

whiffle

/ˈwɪfəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to think or behave in an erratic or unpredictable way
2.
to blow or be blown fitfully or in gusts
3.
(intransitive) to whistle softly
Word Origin
C16: frequentative of whiff1
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Word Origin and History for whiffle
whiffle
"flicker or flutter as if blown by the wind," 1662 (see whiff). The noun meaning "something light or insignificant" (1680) is preserved in whiffle-ball (1931).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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