verb (used with object), wiped, wip·ing.
- to erase (magnetic tape, a recording, etc.)
- to delete the entire contents and settings of (a digital storage device, mobile device, etc.):She remotely wiped her computer after it was stolen.
- to apply (solder in a semifluid state) by spreading with leather or cloth over the part to be soldered.
- to form (a joint) in this manner.
- to destroy completely; demolish: The entire city was wiped out.
- Informal.to murder; kill: They wiped him out to keep him from testifying.
- Slang.to beat decisively, as in sports.
- Slang.(in sports) to be taken out of competition by a fall, accident, collision, etc.
- Slang.to intoxicate or cause to become high, especially on narcotic drugs.
Origin of wipe
Synonyms for wipe
Related Words for wipedry, obliterate, rub, mop, remove, wash, erase, clean, dust, sponge, clear, towel
Examples from the Web for wipe
Contemporary Examples of wipe
As Kate was driven away, she appeared to wipe a tear from her eye.Tearful Kate Weeps After Meeting Mother Whose Baby Died
November 25, 2014
Some locations even employ chlorine mats that service members are required to wipe their feet on in order to enter.U.S. Soldiers Get Just Four Hours of Ebola Training
October 17, 2014
An agent insisted they proceed anyway and she asked to go to the bathroom, apparently to wipe the stuff off her hands.The Mystery Woman Who Tried to Outdo Dillinger
September 29, 2014
In the winter, they can shield drivers from the annoyance of having to wipe snow and ice off their windshields.Paved Paradise
The Daily Beast
September 24, 2014
The trucking roads make it easier for predators to wipe out prey.Our Trip to The Climate War's Ground Zero
September 19, 2014
Historical Examples of wipe
But the way they'll find it out will be in an explosion that will wipe them out.Way of the Lawless
Then wipe the meat carefully and brown it on all sides in the fat.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Wipe them with a dry cloth, and season them with salt and cayenne pepper.
Clean two fine fresh mackerel, and wipe them dry with a cloth.
When it is done, take it out, lay it on its claws to drain, and then wipe it dry.
Word Origin for wipe
Old English wipan, from Proto-Germanic *wipanan (cf. Danish vippe, Middle Dutch, Dutch vippen, Old High German wifan "to swing"), from PIE *weip- "to turn, vacillate, tremble" (cf. Latin vibrare "to shake;" see vibrate).
"disposable absorbent tissue," 1971, from wipe (v.).
In addition to the idioms beginning with wipe
- wipe off the map
- wipe out
- wipe the slate clean
- mop up (wipe) the floor with
- settle (wipe out) an old score