[ whip-it, wip- ]
/ ˈwhɪp ɪt, ˈwɪp- /


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.

Nearby words

  1. whiplash,
  2. whiplash injury,
  3. whipped,
  4. whipper-in,
  5. whippersnapper,
  6. whipping,
  7. whipping boy,
  8. whipping cream,
  9. whipping post,
  10. whipple

Origin of whippet

First recorded in 1490–1500; perhaps alteration of phrase whip it move briskly

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British Dictionary definitions for whippet


/ (ˈwɪpɪt) /


a small slender breed of dog similar to a greyhound in appearance

Word Origin for whippet

C16: of uncertain origin; perhaps based on the phrase whip it! move quickly!

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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."

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