- to rub lightly with or on a cloth, towel, paper, the hand, etc., in order to clean or dry the surface of: He wiped the furniture with a damp cloth.
- to rub or draw (something) over a surface, as in cleaning or drying.
- to remove by rubbing with or on something (usually followed by away, off, out, etc.): Wipe the dirt off your shoes. Wipe the dust from the pictures.
- to remove as if by rubbing (usually followed by away, off, etc.): Wipe that smile off your face!
- to erase, as from existence or memory (often followed by from): to wipe a thought from one's mind.
- 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.
- Machinery. (of a rotating shaft or the like) to melt the brasses of (a bearing) through friction.
- Australian Slang. to refuse to have anything to do with; reject; dismiss.
- an act of wiping: He gave a few quick wipes to the furniture.
- a rub, as of one thing over another.
- Also called wipe-off. Movies. a technique in film editing by which the projected image of a scene appears to be pushed or wiped off the screen by the image that follows.
- a piece of absorbent material, as of paper or cloth, used for wiping.
- a sweeping stroke or blow.
- a gibe.
- Machinery. wiper(def 5).
- Slang. a handkerchief.
- wipe out,
- 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.
- wipe up, to clean completely by wiping: to wipe up the mess on the floor.
Origin of wipe
SynonymsSee more synonyms for wipe on Thesaurus.com
- completely exhausted.
- intoxicated; high.
Origin of wiped-out
Examples from the Web for wiped
The folk memory of medieval community life had been wiped out by the industrial revolution.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
Schmidt had arrived in California after his family had been wiped out by tuberculosis in his home state of Rhode Island.The Mole Man’s Tunnel to Nowhere
November 28, 2014
As the deadly virus swept through the region, entire families of farmers and harvesters were wiped out.Liberia’s Ebola Famine
Abby Haglage, Nina Strochlic
November 13, 2014
For the uninitiated, the film is set on a future Earth whose crops (save corn) have been wiped out by a mysterious blight.Neil deGrasse Tyson Breaks Down ‘Interstellar’: Black Holes, Time Dilations, and Massive Waves
November 11, 2014
If the international community does not stand up, we will be wiped out.Why New York’s Ebola Case Will Hurt Infected Patients Everywhere
October 24, 2014
Whole tribes and clans were wiped out by hunger and cold and want.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
There was a little confusion as the books were closed and the pens were wiped.Brave and Bold
Not for worlds would he have wiped the blood from his knife until he had shown it to the camp.The Trail Book
Then he wiped the rein with his coat tail and looked at it admiringly.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
She raised her head from Silver's neck, where it had rested, and wiped her eyes.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
- to rub (a surface or object) lightly, esp with (a cloth, hand, etc), as in removing dust, water, grime, etc
- (usually foll by off, away, from, up, etc) to remove by or as if by rubbing lightlyhe wiped the dirt from his hands
- to eradicate or cancel (a thought, memory, etc)
- to erase a recording from (an audio or video tape)
- Australian informal to abandon or reject (a person)
- to apply (oil, grease, etc) by wiping
- to form (a joint between two lead pipes) with solder or soft lead
- wipe the floor with someone informal to defeat someone decisively
- the act or an instance of wiping
- (in film editing) an effect causing the transition from one scene to the next in which the image of the first scene appears to be wiped off the screen by that of the second
- dialect a sweeping blow or stroke
- British dialect a gibe or jeer
- obsolete a slang name for handkerchief
Word Origin and History for wiped
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.).
Idioms and Phrases with wiped
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