Origin of wipeout
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 wipe outannihilate, exterminate, obliterate, remove, slaughter, abolish, decimate, erase, kill, eliminate, cancel, uproot, extinguish, eradicate, abate, delete, efface, expunge, extirpate, massacre
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.).
Destroy, as in The large chains are wiping out the independent bookstores. Originally put simply as wipe, the idiom acquired out in the first half of the 1800s.
Kill; also, murder. For example, The entire crew was wiped out in the plane crash, or The gangsters threatened to wipe him and his family out. [Late 1800s]
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