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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [waft, wahft]
    • /wæft, wɑft/
    • /ˈwɑːftə /
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waft, wahft]
    • /wæft, wɑft/

Definitions of wafter word

  • verb with object wafter to carry lightly and smoothly through the air or over water: The gentle breeze wafted the sound of music to our ears. 1
  • verb with object wafter to send or convey lightly, as if in flight: The actress wafted kisses to her admirers in the audience. 1
  • verb with object wafter Obsolete. to signal to, summon, or direct by waving. 1
  • verb without object wafter to float or be carried, especially through the air: The sound wafted on the breeze. The music wafted across the lake. 1
  • noun wafter a sound, odor, etc., faintly perceived: a waft of perfume. 1
  • noun wafter a wafting movement; light current or gust: a waft of air. 1

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Origin of wafter

First appearance:

before 1535
One of the 29% oldest English words
1535-45; back formation from late Middle English waughter armed escort vessel < Dutch or Low German wachter watchman; in some senses confused with waff

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Wafter


wafter popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 81% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 67% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

wafter usage trend in Literature

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