a. a quick puff or slight gust especially of air, odor, gas, smoke, or spray
b. an inhalation of odor, gas, or smoke
c. a slight puffing or whistling sound
2. a slight trace or indication <a whiff of scandal> 3. strikeout II. verb Date: 1591 intransitive verb 1. to move with or as if with a puff of air 2. to emit whiffs ; puff 3. to inhale an odor 4. strike out 3 transitive verb 1. a. to carry or convey by or as if by a whiff ; blow b. to expel or puff out in a whiff ; exhale c. smoke 3 2. fan 8 <whiffed three batters>
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.