Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


[hwif-uh l-tree, wif-] /ˈʰwɪf əlˌtri, ˈwɪf-/
noun, Northern U.S.
a crossbar, pivoted at the middle, to which the traces of a harness are fastened for pulling a cart, carriage, plow, etc.
Compare doubletree.
Origin of whiffletree
1820-30; variant of whippletree Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for whiffletree
Historical Examples
  • "It's the whiffletree, I think," she said, as if she were used to wagons.

    The La Chance Mine Mystery Susan Carleton Jones
  • The pole was snapped, and the whiffletree smashed, so that the traces were useless.

    The La Chance Mine Mystery Susan Carleton Jones
  • Where the gray mare is the better horse, her mate always lets up a bit on his whiffletree and she draws most of the load.

  • The whiffletree is attached to the tumbling rod by an iron hook.

    Farm Mechanics Herbert A. Shearer
  • The whiffletree would swing round and hit them, and when their collars were taken off, their necks would be raw and bloody.

    Beautiful Joe Marshall Saunders
  • He took the whiffletree from the wagon, let a chain drag behind it, and harnessed the mules.

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Now let the rest of the robe fall slowly over the dasher in front of the whiffletree.

    Around the Yule Log Willis Boyd Allen
  • The horses were driven down behind it, and from one of them de Spain took the collar, the tugs, and the whiffletree.

    Nan of Music Mountain Frank H. Spearman
  • This wore away at last and on the third day I had no difficulty in keeping up my end of the whiffletree.

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

British Dictionary definitions for whiffletree


another name (esp US) for swingletree
Word Origin
C19: variant of whippletree
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for whiffletree

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for whiffletree

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for whiffletree