Definition of "waft" []

  • To cause to go gently and smoothly through the air or over water. (verb-transitive)
  • To convey or send floating through the air or over water. (verb-transitive)
  • To float easily and gently, as on the air; drift: "It was a heat that wafted from streets, rolled between buildings and settled over sidewalks” ( Sarah Lyall). (verb-intransitive)
  • Something, such as an odor, that is carried through the air. (noun)
  • A light breeze; a rush of air. (noun)
  • To carry or be carried gently on or as if on the air or water (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The act or an instance of wafting (noun)
  • Something, such as a scent, carried on the air (noun)
  • A wafting motion (noun)
  • (formerly) a signal flag hoisted furled to signify various messages depending on where it was flown (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "waft" in a sentence
  • "And for Social Services, the idea of leaving a child with a family to allow it to be beaten to a pulp is far preferable than the idea that smoke may waft from the back garden, through my lounge and up to the bedrooms."
  • "If we have enjoyed the moonlight in pleasant scenes, in happy hours, with friends that we loved, – though the sight of it may not always make us directly remember them, yet it brings with it a waft from the feeling of the old times, – sweet as long as life lasts!"
  • "It's funny how those thoughts kind of waft into your head."