1535–45; back formation from late Middle English waughter armed escort vessel < Dutch or Low German wachter watchman; in some senses confused with waff (Source: dictionary.com)
Early 16th century (in the sense ‘escort a ship’): back-formation from obsolete wafter (used only by opponents of the practice) ‘armed convoy vessel’, from Low German, Dutch wachter, from wachten ‘to guard’. A sense ‘convey by water’ gave rise to the current use of the verb. (Source: lexico.com)
Definitions of Wafting
verb (used with object)
to carry lightly and smoothly through the air or over water:
to send or convey lightly, as if in flight:
Obsolete. to signal to, summon, or direct by waving.
verb (used without object)
to float or be carried, especially through the air:
a sound, odor, etc., faintly perceived:
a wafting movement; light current or gust:
the act of wafting.
Also waif. Nautical. a signal given by waving a flag.
the act or an instance of wafting
something, such as a scent, carried on the air
a wafting motion
Also called: waif nautical (formerly) a signal flag hoisted furled to signify various messages depending on where it was flown
to carry or be carried gently on or as if on the air or water
(with reference to a scent, sound, etc.) pass or cause to pass gently through the air.
A gentle movement of air.
A knotted ensign, garment, etc. displayed by a ship as a signal.
: to move or go lightly on or as if on a buoyant medium heavenly aromas wafted from the kitchen
: to cause to move or go lightly by or as if by the impulse of wind or waves
: something (such as an odor) that is wafted : whiff
: a slight breeze : puff
: the act of waving
: a pennant or flag used to signal or to show wind direction
Example sentences for Wafting
You walk in, or you talk to people, and you can just feel it wafting around you, warm and comforting.
The words seemed to just hang in the air, wafting on bitter irony.
Enthusiasm is difficult to manufacture when the stink of failure is wafting through the air.
Does Obama expect Hamid Karzai to surge toward Kandahar in 2011, wafting on doves of peace?
And there are many other ways of getting on among them, while wafting and expanding them into a higher sphere of thought.
He came to the bank of a rushing river, foaming in the moonlight, and wafting on its blue breast the shadow of a thousand stars.
From this direction the evening breeze was wafting to his nostrils sweet odors of dew-sprinkled lettuce and tender beet tops.
This lavish provision of silk is designed by nature for the wafting abroad of the seed.
She felt that the two districts below her were quivering, wafting her the hope of approaching triumph.
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