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wispy

or wispish

[wis-pee] /ˈwɪs pi/
adjective, wispier, wispiest.
1.
being a wisp or in wisps; wisplike:
a wispy plant.
Origin of wispy
1710-1720
1710-20; wisp + -y1
Related forms
wispily, adverb
wispiness, noun
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  • Took me out to see Will-o-the-Wispthats her plane, you knowshe calls it wispy for short.

  • Then, as they cleared, the wispy man danced again, and seemed likely to die.

    Nights in London Thomas Burke
  • Her hair was drawn painfully back from her forehead, and there was a wispy fringe of it on the back of her scraggy neck.

  • Some are close-packed and dense, like cumuli; some are wispy or mottled, like cirri.

    Curiosities of the Sky Garrett Serviss
  • The Professor-Commander was very old, with wispy grey hair and a network of wrinkles surrounding his eyes.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • In the faint light, Barrent saw a very tall, thin, stooped old man with a wispy moustache.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
British Dictionary definitions for wispy

wispy

/ˈwɪspɪ/
adjective wispier, wispiest
1.
wisplike; delicate, faint, light, etc
Derived Forms
wispily, adverb
wispiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wispy
adj.

1717, from wisp + -y (2). Related: Wispiness.

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