- "A person who frequently changes opinions or course"
- "An attendant who cleared the way for a procession"
- "One who plays on a whiffle; a fifer or piper"
- "To move lightly or erratically"
- and "The whistlewing, or goldeneye duck"
Whiffler: A word with many hats!
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. That word is Whiffler, and some of its definitions include:
"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.
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