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

Definitions of wafting word

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

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Origin of wafting

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

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Parts of speech for Wafting


wafting 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.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

wafting usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for wafting

adjective wafting

  • unsinkable — to displace part of the volume of a supporting substance or object and become totally or partially submerged or enveloped; fall or descend into or below the surface or to the bottom (often followed by in or into): The battleship sank within two hours. His foot sank in the mud. Her head sinks into the pillows.
  • floating — being buoyed up on water or other liquid.
  • submersible — capable of being submersed.

noun wafting

  • draughts — a drawing, sketch, or design.
  • zephyr — a gentle, mild breeze.
  • mistral — Frédéric [frey-dey-reek] /freɪ deɪˈrik/ (Show IPA), 1830–1914, French Provençal poet: Nobel prize 1904.
  • wind — the act of winding.
  • drafts — Plural form of draft.

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