1: a thin bundle, bunch, tuft, streak, or the like, as of straw, hair, or smoke.
A wisp of smoke from his cigarette twisted upwards to the ceiling.
She tucked the stray wisps of hair under her cap.
2: a thin or delicate person.
We feared this tiny wisp of a child would perish from the cold.
3: a faint or fleeting trace or hint.
She tried to appear unafraid, but a wisp of anxiety crossed her face when the phone rang.
transitive verb & intransitive verb
to twist (something) into, or form, a wisp or wisps.
This odd little yellow-faced woman, with a red handkerchief wisped round her head, and a singed grimness generally pervading her, handed over to him Minnie and Tom, casually remarking, “Bedad, it’s the big heavy lumps they are.”
Jet-black hair coiled in ropes, yet wisped white above the temples.