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whiff

noun [C usually singular] uk   /wɪf/ us  
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.
Translations of “whiff”
in Spanish bocanada, vaharada, soplo…
in French odeur, bouffée…
in German der Hauch…
in Chinese (Traditional) 一陣氣味,一股味道…
in Russian запах…
in Turkish hafif koku, esinti…
in Chinese (Simplified) 一阵气味,一股味道…
in Polish zapach, woń…
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