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[whip-it, wip-] /ˈwhɪp ɪt, ˈwɪp-/
one of a breed of small, swift dogs resembling a greyhound, used for hunting rabbits and for racing.
Also called whippet tank. a fast, light tank used by the British in World War I.
Origin of whippet
1490-1500; perhaps alteration of phrase whip it move briskly Unabridged
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Examples from the web for whippet
  • Keen as a whippet, his thin arms pumping, he headed into the prevailing swell.
  • He has some whippet in him which seems to make him a fast runner.
  • Perhaps he's part whippet or some other naturally thin breed.
  • Hermai jabbed a left to the face, then whippet a right to the jaw.
British Dictionary definitions for whippet


a small slender breed of dog similar to a greyhound in appearance
Word Origin
C16: of uncertain origin; perhaps based on the phrase whip it! move quickly!
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Word Origin and History for whippet

small, fast type of dog, c.1600, probably from whip (v.) in the sense of "move quickly" + diminutive suffix -et Used earlier (1540s) in reference to "a brisk, nimble woman."

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