Most of the words we've talked about thus far have had one or two definitions at best, but this week's word is different because it wears many hats.
A Whiffler can't make up their mind!
That word is Whiffler, and some of its definitions include: Whiffler comes from the Old English word Wifle, which means "battle-ax", and it was first used in 1530 to describe the attendants that carried a two-headed ax and cleared the way before a procession. Sadly, I was unable to find origins for the other definitions. I suppose it could be said that a two-headed ax and a person who changes opinions isn't that far of a stretch, but that's just my opinion. Whiffler is a noun and can be used in a variety of ways, such as:
"Our president is such a whiffler. When is he going to do something useful?" "The whiffler encouraged the troops by playing the Star Spangled Banner on his fife." "Whiffler himself, insolent, cowardly, and a humbug, if not a swindler, was enough, Wade thought, to account for any failure. But he did not mention this conviction." (The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 51, January 1862) "The whiffler swung his ax and cut down everything in the way of his princess.
As you can see, Whiffler is a great word that can cover a lot of ground when done right. It can be an insult, a name, an occupation, and more. How would you use it? To learn more about this many-faceted word, visit Your Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Collins Dictionary, Fine Dictionary, The Free Dictionary, and Dictionary.com. The photo is my own.