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From Middle English. Cognate to Dutch wisp (“bundle of hay or straw”). Akin to Middle Dutch/Middle Low German wispel (“measure of grain”), Norwegian bokmål/Swedish/Bornholm Danish visp (“handful or bundle of grass, hay, etc.”).
wisp (plural wisps)
- A small bundle, as of straw or other like substance; any slender, flexible structure or group.
- A wisp of smoke rose from the candle for a few moments after he blew it out.
- A wisp of hair escaped her barrette and whipped wildly in the wind.
- in a small basket, on a wisp of hay
- A whisk, or small broom.
- A will o' the wisp, or ignis fatuus.
- the wisp that flickers where no foot can tread
a small bundle, as of straw or other like substance