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WHEEFLE, v., n. Also wheeffle. Sc. forms and usages of Eng. whiffle, obsol. or dial. [ʍifl]

I. v. 1. tr. and intr. To puff, to blow, to drive with a puff (Lnk., Ayr. 1974). Ppl.adjs. wheeflin, of a wind: blowing in slight puffs, light (Ayr. 1948), whiffled, lightly-sounded, of a musical note. Fif. 1812  W. Tennant Anster Fair 145:
'Twas sweeter than the chiming winds that blow Upon th' Eolian park a whiffled note.
Sc. 1871  P. H. Waddell Psalms x. 5:
Wha fash wi' him, he wheefles them by.

2. To vacillate, dither about (Sh. 1974). Dial. in Eng. Ayr. 1833  J. Kennedy G. Chalmers 195:
I juist gied her aucht days to think on't — rowth o' time in a' conscience, Mr. Meek, to wheeffle.

II. n. 1. A puff, spurt, jet (of water) (Sh. 1974). Lth. 1925  C. P. Slater Marget Pow 203:
A fountain that lets out a whiffle of water nows and thens.

2. A slight insignificant thing, a trifle. Obs. in Eng. in 17th c. Cai. 1829  J. Hay Poems 155:
Not to spend thy youth in triffles, In flinting show and empty whiffles.

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"Wheefle v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 17 Jul 2018 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/wheefle>

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