[hawrs-hwip, -wip]


a whip for controlling horses.

verb (used with object), horse·whipped, horse·whip·ping.

to beat with a horsewhip.

Origin of horsewhip

1300–50; Middle English. See horse, whip
Related formshorse·whip·per, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for horse-whip

Historical Examples of horse-whip

  • He shall send his friends to me, or I will horse-whip him every time we meet.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • The Wizard got out his sword at once, and Zeb grabbed the horse-whip.

  • Yes, the man that scowls so, with the scar on his nose, and a horse-whip in his hand.

    Little Prudy

    Sophie May

  • The father glanced at the horse-whip, and the mother cried; but it was no use.

  • "And if he likes to horse-whip you, he may do so," he declared.

British Dictionary definitions for horse-whip



a whip, usually with a long thong, used for managing horses

verb -whips, -whipping or -whipped

(tr) to flog with such a whip
Derived Formshorsewhipper, noun
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Word Origin and History for horse-whip

1690s, from horse (n.) + whip (n.). As a verb from 1768. Related: Horserwhipped; horsewhipping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper