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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: waft 'to guard a group of ships as they sail along' (16-17 centuries), from Middle Dutch wachten 'to watch, guard'

waft

verb
     
waft
1 [intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition] if a smell, smoke, or a light wind wafts somewhere, or if something wafts it somewhere, it moves gently through the air
waft up/through/over etc
Cooking smells wafted up from downstairs.
2 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] if sounds waft somewhere, you hear them there and they are pleasant but not very loud
waft up/through/over etc
The sound of laughter wafted through the open window.
[↪ drift]

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