Wisp (?), n. [OE. wisp, wips; probably akin to D. & G. wisch, Icel. visk, and perhaps to L. virga a twig, rod. Cf. Verge a rod, Whisk, n.]

1.

A small bundle, as of straw or other like substance.

In a small basket, on a wisp of hay. Dryden.

2.

A whisk, or small broom.

3.

A Will-o'-the-wisp; an ignis fatuus.

The wisp that flickers where no foot can tread. Tennyson.

 

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Wisp, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wisped (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Wisping.]

1.

To brush or dress, an with a wisp.

2.

To rumple.

[Prov. Eng.]

Halliwell.

 

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