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[wis-pee] /ˈwɪs pi/
adjective, wispier, wispiest.
being a wisp or in wisps; wisplike:
a wispy plant.
Also, wispish.
Origin of wispy
1710-20; wisp + -y1
Related forms
wispily, adverb
wispiness, noun Unabridged
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  • He is tall and thin and has a round face and wispy gray-blond hair.
  • They can be wispy and weak and they can be bold enough to garner shading on themselves.
  • If the anvil is thin, fuzzy, and wispy then the updraft probably is not as strong.
  • wispy and tall, the plant's fronds sway in the wind, adding movement to the garden.
  • Higher up in the park, the snow swirls in wispy cyclones across the road.
  • His wispy brown hair frames preternaturally blue eyes and a soft, open face with an ample nose and heavy jaw.
  • wispy clouds weave through the mountains and the nearby valleys.
  • There are actually wispy clouds up near the ceiling.
  • wispy cirrus clouds, for example, usually signal mild weather.
  • Hundreds of feet below, wispy steam breathed gently from the crater's throat.
British Dictionary definitions for wispy


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

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

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