Meaning of “whiff” in the English Dictionary


"whiff" in English

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whiffnoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /wɪf/ us /wɪf/

a slight smell, carried on a current of air:

He leaned towards me and I caught/got a whiff of garlic.
During the first few months of pregnancy the slightest whiff of food cooking made my stomach turn.
a whiff of sth

a slight sign of something:

They regularly hold elections without a whiff of corruption or violence.

(Definition of “whiff” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"whiff" in American English

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whiffnoun [ C ]

us /hwɪf, wɪf/

a smell that you notice briefly:

I got a whiff of perfume as she walked by.
fig. A whiff of scandal was in the air.

(Definition of “whiff” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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