Nearby words

  1. whinner,
  2. whinny,
  3. whinstone,
  4. whiny,
  5. whio,
  6. whip graft,
  7. whip hand,
  8. whip in,
  9. whip roll,
  10. whip scorpion

Origin of whip

1200–50; Middle English w(h)ippe (noun), w(h)ippen (v.); cognate with Dutch wippen to swing, oscillate; compare Low German wip(pe) quick movement

Related forms
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for whip


British Dictionary definitions for whip

whip

/ (wɪp) /

verb whips, whipping or whipped

noun


Derived Formswhiplike, adjectivewhipper, noun

Word Origin for whip

C13: perhaps from Middle Dutch wippen to swing; related to Middle Dutch wipfen to dance, German Wipfel tree top

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for whip
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for whip

whip

In the United States Congress or state legislatures, an assistant to the majority leader or minority leader responsible for stirring up party support on issues, keeping track of party members' votes, and acting as a general liaison between the majority leader or minority leader and other party members.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Idioms and Phrases with whip

whip

In addition to the idiom beginning with whip

  • whip up

also see:

  • crack the whip
  • lick (whip) into shape
  • smart as a whip
  • upper (whip) hand
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.