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[hwip-kawrd, wip-] /ˈʰwɪpˌkɔrd, ˈwɪp-/
a cotton, woolen, or worsted fabric with a steep, diagonally ribbed surface.
a strong, hard-twisted cord, sometimes used for the lashes of whips.
a cord made from the intestines of animals; catgut.
Origin of whipcord
First recorded in 1275-1325, whipcord is from the Middle English word wyppe-cord. See whip, cord Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • His fingers had been busy tying knots in a length of whipcord.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Name's Mervin; all whipcord and whalebone; springy as a bent bow.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • He was a slim, brown youth, hard as nails and tough as whipcord.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • A mass of whipcord muscle, it can be made rigid, or flexible, at will.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
  • It was the opposite one to which the hurrying fugitive in whipcord had taken.

    The Cross-Cut

    Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • whipcord laughed as he let go my throat and began to take off his coat.

    My Friend Smith Talbot Baines Reed
  • “All very well if you could get your liquor laid on,” said whipcord.

    My Friend Smith Talbot Baines Reed
  • With much persuasion whipcord resumed his coat and seized the reins.

    My Friend Smith Talbot Baines Reed
  • You can get a bit of whipcord twice as long as that for twopence, and who cares for twopence?

  • You can get a bit of whipcord twice as long as that for twopence; and who cares for twopence!

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
British Dictionary definitions for whipcord


a strong worsted or cotton fabric with a diagonally ribbed surface
a closely twisted hard cord used for the lashes of whips, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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