[hwip-uh l-tree, wip-]

Origin of whippletree

1725–35; whipple (see whip, -le) + tree
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Historical Examples of whippletree

  • The whippletree, dangling from the end over the beaten circular track, seemed cracked with heat and age.

    Foes in Ambush

    Charles King

  • Twelve “Swingle trees” (whippletree, whiffletree, singletree) are listed in the inventory.

  • After three quarters of an hour or so I was suddenly startled alert by hearing the squeak-squeak of a whippletree out on the lawn.

British Dictionary definitions for whippletree


  1. another name for swingletree

Word Origin for whippletree

C18: apparently from whip
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