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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Wisp
  1. A small bundle, as of straw or other like substance."In a small basket, on a wisp of hay." [Dryden.]
  2. A whisk, or small broom.
  3. 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.)

verb Wisp
  1. To brush or dress, an with a wisp.
  2. To rumple.(Prov. Eng)
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A small tuft or lock ("wisps of hair")
  2. A flock of snipe
  3. A small bundle of straw or hay
  4. A small person ("a mere wisp of a girl")

From Middle English. Cognate to Dutch wisp (“bundle of hay or straw”). Akin to Middle Dutch/Middle Low German wispel (“measure of grain”), Norwegian bokmål/Swedish/Bornholm Danish visp (“handful or bundle of grass, hay, etc.”).

  1. A small bundle, as of straw or other like substance; any slender, flexible structure or group.
    A of smoke rose from the candle for a few moments after he blew it out.
    A of hair escaped her barrette and whipped wildly in the wind.
  2. A whisk, or small broom.
  3. A will o' the wisp, or ignis fatuus.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Wisp

Will o' the Wisp is a comics character.


Fun Facts about the name Wisp

  • How unique is the name Wisp? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Wisp was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Wisp: Your name in reverse order is Psiw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Swip. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Wisp born Jan 13, 1939

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Burma approximately on 1800. Your profession was seaman, dealer, businessman, and broker.

Your psychological profile shows you had a natural talent of psychologist and knew how to use the opportunities. Cold-blooded and calm in any situation. Your problem - to learn determination and persistency. Every misfortune should crash upon your strong will.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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