- A small bundle, as of straw or other like substance."In a small basket, on a wisp of hay." [Dryden.]
- A whisk, or small broom.
- A Will-o'-the-wisp; an ignis fatuus."The wisp that flickers where no foot can tread." [Tennyson.]
Etymology: OE. wisp wips; probably akin to D. & G. wisch, Icel. visk, and perhaps to L. virga a twig, rod. Cf. Verge a rod, Whisk (n.)