Simple Definition of whiplash
: an injury to the neck that is caused by a sudden backward movement of the head
Full Definition of whiplash
1 : the lash of a whip
2 : something resembling a blow from a whip <the whiplash of fear — R. S. Banay>
3 : injury resulting from a sudden sharp whipping movement of the neck and head (as of a person in a vehicle that is struck from the rear by another vehicle)
Examples of whiplash in a sentence
He got whiplash when his car was rear-ended.
First Known Use of whiplash
Rhymes with whiplash
Medical Definition of whiplash
: injury resulting from a sudden sharp whipping movement of the neck and head (as of a person in a vehicle that is struck head-on or from the rear by another vehicle)
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up whiplash? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).