- one of a breed of small, swift dogs resembling a greyhound, used for hunting rabbits and for racing.
- Also called whippet tank. a fast, light tank used by the British in World War I.
Origin of whippet
Examples from the Web for whippet
Long first and second thighs are a sine qua non in the Whippet.Sporting Dogs
Frank Townend Barton
Two chains there were, like double-leashes to a whippet's throat.Wide Courses
James Brendan Connolly
Red Kerry was built on the lines of a whippet, but carried the equipment of an Irish terrier.Dope
The machine, yielding to the urge, tugged forward, straining at its bonds like a whippet eager for a race.Darkness and Dawn
George Allan England
A whippet tank crunched over the wreck and covered the group with its multiple pom-poms.The Velvet Glove
- a small slender breed of dog similar to a greyhound in appearance
Word Origin and History for whippet
small, fast type of dog, c.1600, probably from whip (v.) in the sense of "move quickly" + diminutive suffix -et Used earlier (1540s) in reference to "a brisk, nimble woman."