[ hwip-stich, wip- ]

verb (used with object)
  1. to sew with stitches passing over an edge, in joining, finishing, or gathering.

  1. one such stitch.

Idioms about whipstitch

  1. every whipstitch, Southern U.S. at short intervals: She drops in to see us every whipstitch.

Origin of whipstitch

First recorded in 1585–95; whip + stitch

Words Nearby whipstitch

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How to use whipstitch in a sentence

  • The boys came home after a time and announced that every soul aboard the whipstitch was safe and sound in the life saving station.

  • When the backs of sections are very badly worn he will agree to whipstitch, but will use the old method.

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British Dictionary definitions for whipstitch


/ (ˈwɪpˌstɪtʃ) /

  1. a sewing stitch passing over an edge

  2. US slang an instant; moment

  1. (tr) to sew (an edge) using whipstitch; overcast

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