• WordNet 3.6
    • adj wispy lacking clarity or distinctness "a dim figure in the distance","only a faint recollection","shadowy figures in the gloom","saw a vague outline of a building through the fog","a few wispy memories of childhood"
    • adj wispy thin and weak "a wispy little fellow with small hands and feet"- Edmund Wilson"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wispy Like a wisp.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Wispy like a wisp
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. wisp, wips, conn. with wipe; cf. Low Ger. wiep, Norw. vippa, a wisp.


In literature:

She punctuated her sentences with wispy motions of her long-nailed fingers.
"Violists" by Richard McGowan
A wispy, rather nondescript person, his main aim in life apparently was to live up to his name.
"Wild Justice" by Ruth M. Sprague
His hair was mangy, standing out in isolated patches of wispy grey.
"Michael, Brother of Jerry" by Jack London
She had no teeth, wispy hair, and looked very underfed and starved.
"Fanny Goes to War" by Pat Beauchamp
He could see Gower's cottage white among the green, one chimney spitting blue smoke that the wind carried away in a wispy banner.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
A mahogany door opens, and in comes a wispy, yellow-skinned, dried-up little old party with eyes like a rat.
"Torchy, Private Sec." by Sewell Ford
His fair hair was wispy on his grimed forehead.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Meg, looking a wispy little shadow of woe.
"Jan and Her Job" by L. Allen Harker
It's so wispy; it's always hanging in your face.
"The Campfire Girls on Ellen's Isle" by Hildegard G. Frey
Nothing but wispy grass whipping in the keen breeze.
"The Planet with No Nightmare" by Jim Harmon

In poetry:

This is the time of frolic,
When they go floating high,
On wispy shreds of river mist,
Across the shining sky.
"Fairies" by Alice Guerin Crist
Twilight words and secret breath
Of speechless things, mysterious psalm,
Wispy grieving, are you not
The world’s sighing and lament?
"Redemption" by Antero Tarquinio de Quental

In news:

The wispy metal strip in my hands is 8 inches long, 1 inch wide, and as thin as aluminum foil.
The Wispy Gas Clouds of a Supernova Remnant .
Ornate but not wispy, these songs aren't merely pretty.
The edged-with-chaos wispiness of Rob Tarbell 's smoke work complements Grant's fluidity.
Bundles are wired together into an octagon, which is softened with wispy bush branches.
The Wispy Gas Clouds of a Supernova Remnant.
Massive Yet Wispy Wave, Devil's Churn.
Massive yet wispy wave at Devil's Churn, near Yachats.
Moon makes wispy clouds colorful.
WHY IT WORKS Wilde has a strong jaw, which is softened by the wispy, face-framing layers.
Wispy clouds —greyhounds of heaven.
Like a lovely still life, the entrée rested on the plate next to a wispy cauliflower purée.
The wind blows the ice crystals giving a wispy, thin white appearance.
Epic 'Cloud Atlas' tries for deepness, but ends up wispy.
Adverse conditions may slow the action, but there's usually little need to tease with spring bobbers or wispy finesse presentations.