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“wisp” in English

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wispnoun [ C ]

uk /wɪsp/ us /wɪsp/
wisp of cloud/smoke/steam

a small, thin line of cloud/smoke/steam:

A blue wisp of cigarette smoke curled in the air.
wisp of hair, grass, etc.

a thin, delicate piece of hair, grass, etc.:

A few wisps of hay still clung to her skirt.
soft wisps of baby hair

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

“wisp” in American English

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wispnoun [ C ]

us /wɪsp/

a delicate, thin, and sometimes twisting piece or line of something:

Rita brushed back the stray coppery wisps of hair escaping her braid.
A wisp of smoke from the campfire curled in the air.

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