wafter

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Alteration of Middle English waughter, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German wachter (a guard), from wachten (to guard)

Noun[edit]

wafter (plural wafters)

  1. (obsolete) Armed convoy or escort ship
  2. (obsolete) An agent of the Crown with responsibility for protecting specific maritime activities, such as shipping or fishing.

Etymology 2[edit]

waft +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

wafter (plural wafters)

  1. One who, or that which, wafts.
    Thou wafter of the soul to bliss or bane — Beaumont and Fletcher.