noun \ˈhwi-pət, ˈwi-\

: a small, fast dog that is used for racing

Full Definition of WHIPPET

:  any of a breed of small swift slender dogs used for coursing small game and racing

Origin of WHIPPET

probably from 1whip
First Known Use: 1610

Rhymes with WHIPPET


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Whippet—Sally Anne Thompson/EB Inc.

Breed of hound dog developed in 19th-century Britain to chase rabbits in an arena. It was developed from terriers and English and Italian greyhounds, which it resembles. It stands 18–22 in. (46–56 cm), weighs about 28 lbs (13 kg), and has a smooth coat of gray, tan, or white. Capable of speeds up to 35 mph (56 kph), it is used for racing and for hunting small game. It is typically quiet and even-tempered.


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