[hwip-kawrd, wip-]


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
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Examples from the Web for whipcord

Historical Examples of whipcord

  • 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.

  • It was the opposite one to which the hurrying fugitive in whipcord had taken.

    The Cross-Cut

    Courtney Ryley Cooper

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
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