whiffler

whiffler

1 [hwif-ler, wif-]
noun
1.
a person who frequently shifts opinions, attitudes, interests, etc.
2.
a person who is vacillating or evasive in an argument.

Origin:
1600–10; whiffle + -er1

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whiffler

2 [hwif-ler, wif-]
noun History/Historical.
an attendant who clears the way for a procession.

Origin:
1530–40; earlier wiffler armed attendant, equivalent to wiffle (variant of Middle English wifle, Old English wifel battle-ax) + -er1

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whiffler1 (ˈwɪflə)
 
n
a person who whiffles

whiffler2 (ˈwɪflə)
 
n
archaic an attendant who cleared the way for a procession
 
[C16: from wifle battle-axe, from Old English wifel, of Germanic origin; the attendants originally carried weapons to clear the way]

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