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whiff

Pronunciation: /hwɪf; wɪf/

Translation of whiff in Spanish:

noun/nombre

  • 1.1 (smell) olorcillo (masculine); (unpleasant) tufillo (masculine), olorcillo (masculine) I caught a whiff of gas percibí or (in Latin America also/en América Latina también) sentí un olorcillo or tufillo a gas, me llegó una ráfaga or vaharada de gas
    Example sentences
    • She climbed in the window with ease and as she approached the stairs she caught a whiff of perfume not belonging to Mrs. Chavez.
    • He caught a whiff of her hair; it smelled like citrus.
    • He heard faint movements, and caught a whiff of perfume.
    Example sentences
    • Plus an unpleasant whiff of effluent as in the previous week's remorseless attacks on Cherie Blair, not for anything she's said or done but for the way she looks.
    • The smell, however, lingered on for a while and despite the baking sunshine, at week's end there still was a whiff of unpleasantness in the air.
    • After all, who hasn't found themselves in the middle of a favourite movie only to catch a whiff of some foul miasma making its way merrily up your nostrils?
    1.2 (sniff) [colloquial/familiar] have a whiff of this milk huele esta leche, tómale el olor a esta leche (Latin America/América Latina)
    Example sentences
    • I looked to Cory, who was seated in the front of the boat, holding his fingers to his nose and taking a deep whiff.
    • I stepped into the shop, took a deep whiff of the powerful chocolate and sugar scents, and studied the pastry case.
    • He took a deep whiff of the salty sea air and sighed.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • (British English/inglés británico) [colloquial/familiar], oler* mal, tener* mal olor (Latin America/América Latina) ; (stronger) apestar

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