Waft vs Leisurely - What's the difference?

waft | leisurely |


As a verb waft

is (ergative) to (cause to) float easily or gently through the air.

As a noun waft

is a light breeze.

As an adjective leisurely is

characterized by leisure; taking abundant time; not hurried; as, a leisurely manner; a leisurely walk.

As an adverb leisurely is

in a leisurely manner.

waft

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • (ergative) To (cause to) float easily or gently through the air.
  • * A breeze came in through the open window and wafted her sensuous perfume into my eager nostrils.
  • * 1922 , (James Joyce), Chapter 13
  • Through the open window of the church the fragrant incense was wafted and with it the fragrant names of her who was conceived without stain of original sin…
  • * 1914 , Hugh G. Evelyn-White’s translation of Hymn to Aphrodite from the .[http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.01.0138%3Ahymn%3D6]
  • There the moist breath of the western wind wafted her over the waves of the loud-moaning sea in soft foam, and there the gold-filleted Hours welcomed her joyously.
  • To be moved, or to pass, on a buoyant medium; to float.
  • * Dryden
  • And now the shouts waft near the citadel.
  • To give notice to by waving something; to wave the hand to; to beckon.
  • * Shakespeare
  • But soft: who wafts us yonder?

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A light breeze.
  • Something (a scent or odor), such as a perfume, that is carried through the air.
  • * 1908 ,
  • Meanwhile, the wafts from his old home pleaded, whispered, conjured, and finally claimed him imperiously.
  • * 2010 September, "The SLM'' Calendar", , ISSN 1090-5723, volume 16, issue 9, page 170:
  • Patrol Magazine says of this Oxford, Miss., band: "Guitars are responsible for every noise in Colour Revolt's mix—not a single note of piano, waft of synthesizer, or evidence of electronic tampering are to be found."
  • (nautical) A flag, (also called a waif or wheft), used to indicate wind direction or, with a knot tied in the center, as a signal.
  • leisurely

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Characterized by leisure; taking abundant time; not hurried; as, a leisurely manner; a leisurely walk.
  • * 1900', , Chapter I,
  • Warwick passed through one of the wide brick arches and traversed the building with a leisurely step.

    Derived terms

    * leisureliness

    Adverb

    (en adverb)
  • In a leisurely manner.
  • *1943 , (Raymond Chandler), The High Window , Penguin 2005, p. 37:
  • *:Sunset Crescent Drive curved leisurely north from Sunset Boulevard, well beyond the Bel-Air Country Club golf-course.