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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Perhaps from whisk

wisp

noun
     
wisp [countable]
1 a wisp of hair, grass, hay etc is a thin piece of it that is separate from the rest
wisp of
A wisp of hair had escaped from under her hat.
2 a wisp of smoke, cloud, mist etc is a small thin line of it that rises upwards
wisp of
Wisps of smoke rose into the air.
will o' the wisp
wispy adjective

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