having lashes or eyelashes, especially of a specified kind or description (usually used in combination): long-lashed blue eyes.

Origin of lashed

First recorded in 1770–80; lash1 + -ed3




the flexible part of a whip; the section of cord or the like forming the extremity of a whip.
a swift stroke or blow, with a whip or the like, given as a punishment: He received 20 lashes.
something that goads or pains in a manner compared to that of a whip: the lash of his sharp tongue.
a swift dashing or sweeping movement, as of an animal's tail; switch.
a violent beating or impact, as of waves or rain, against something.
Also called neck cord. a cord or a series of cords for lifting the warp in weaving a figured fabric.

verb (used with object)

to strike or beat, as with a whip or something similarly slender and flexible.
to beat violently or sharply against: The rain lashed the trees.
to drive by or as if by strokes of a whip: He lashed them on to greater effort.
to attack, scold, or punish severely with words: She lashed the students with harsh criticism.
to dash, fling, or switch suddenly and swiftly: The crocodile lashed its tail.

verb (used without object)

to strike vigorously at someone or something, as with a weapon or whip (often followed by out): He lashed wildly at his attackers.
to attack or reprove someone with harsh words (often followed by out): to lash out at injustice.
to move suddenly and swiftly; rush, dash, or flash: The coiled snake lashed suddenly.
Chiefly British. to spend money lavishly or foolishly (usually followed by out).

Origin of lash

1300–50; Middle English lashe (noun), lashen (v.); perhaps of expressive orig.
Related formslash·er, nounlash·ing·ly, adverblash·less, adjective

Synonyms for lash



verb (used with object)

to bind or fasten with a rope, cord, or the like.

Origin of lash

1400–50; late Middle English lasschyn, probably < Middle Dutch or Low German; compare Middle Dutch lasche patch, gusset, Dutch laschen to patch, scarf
Related formslash·er, nounlash·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms for lash Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lashed

Contemporary Examples of lashed

Historical Examples of lashed

  • Aunt Melissa had lashed herself into a cumulative passion of words.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • I took the whip from our young driver and lashed the horrid animals as hard as I could.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • She lashed her tail to and fro, and one turned out of her way instantly.

    Concerning Cats

    Helen M. Winslow

  • It was as if Maurice had been lashed with a whip across the face.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • He lashed his horse with his whip, and the cart jolted on again through the ruts.


    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for lashed



British informal intoxicated; drunk




a sharp cutting blow from a whip or other flexible objecttwenty lashes was his punishment
the flexible end or ends of a whip
a cutting or hurtful blow to the feelings, as one caused by ridicule or scolding
a forceful beating or impact, as of wind, rain, or waves against something
have a lash Australian and NZ informal to make an attempt at or take part in (something)

verb (tr)

to hit (a person or thing) sharply with a whip, rope, etc, esp as a punishment
(of rain, waves, etc) to beat forcefully against
to attack with words, ridicule, etc
to flick or wave sharply to and frothe restless panther lashed his tail
to urge or drive with or as if with a whipto lash the audience into a violent mood
See also lash out
Derived Formslasher, nounlashingly, adverb

Word Origin for lash

C14: perhaps imitative




(tr) to bind or secure with rope, string, etc
Derived Formslasher, noun

Word Origin for lash

C15: from Old French lachier, ultimately from Latin laqueāre to ensnare, from laqueus noose
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Word Origin and History for lashed



c.1300, las "a blow, a stroke," later "flexible part of a whip" (late 14c.), possibly imitative. The verb might be the source of the noun.



"bind," 1620s, originally nautical, from Middle French lachier, from Old French lacier "to lace" (see lace (v.)). Related: Lashed; lashing.



"to strike with a whip," c.1300, "to deal a blow;" later "to whip" (late 14c.); see lash (n.). Lash out "to strike out violently" is from 1560s. Related: Lashed; lashing.

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