- 1A small thin or twisted bunch, piece, or amount of something: wisps of smoke rose into the airMore example sentences
strand, tendril, lock; scrap, shred, thread
- She suggests the goggles' straps with abbreviated wisps of graphite that twist and whip about the page.
- Her hair was up in a French twist with a few wisps of hair framing her face.
- Other pieces offer the barest wisps of melody, relying on the group's ability to generate structure spontaneously.
- 1.2A small thin person, typically a child: a fourteen-year-old wisp of a girlMore example sentences
- It was hilarious to see how hard the boy was trying to intimidate a small wisp of a girl and failing miserably.
- Turning, she saw the voice's owner, a thin wisp of a man in strange white clothing.
- Ash Beck, a thin wisp of a person, pushed through the crowd and ran to where Ian lay.
Middle English: origin uncertain; perhaps related to whisk.