verb \ˈwīp\

: to clean or dry (something) by using a towel, your hand, etc.

: to remove (something) by rubbing

: to move (something) over a surface


Full Definition of WIPE

transitive verb
a :  to rub with or as if with something soft for cleaning
b :  to clean or dry by rubbing
c :  to draw, pass, or move for or as if for rubbing or cleaning <wiped his hand across his brow>
a :  to remove by or as if by rubbing <wipe the spots off the glass>
b :  to expunge completely <wipe from memory the gruesome scenes — American Guide Series: Delaware>
:  to spread by or as if by wiping
intransitive verb
:  to make a motion of or as if of wiping something
wipe one's boots on
:  to treat with indignity
wipe the floor with or wipe the ground with
:  to defeat decisively

Examples of WIPE

  1. Would you wipe the dishes?
  2. She wiped her eyes with a tissue.
  3. We were wiping the spots from the wine glasses.
  4. He wiped his hand across his forehead.

Origin of WIPE

Middle English wipen, from Old English wīpian; akin to Old High German wīfan to wind around, Latin vibrare to brandish, and probably to Old Norse veipa to be in movement, Sanskrit vepate it trembles
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with WIPE



: a small, wet cloth that is used for cleaning

: an act of cleaning or drying something by using a towel, your hand, etc.

Full Definition of WIPE

a :  blow, strike
b :  jeer, gibe
a :  an act or instance of wiping
b :  a transition from one scene or picture to another (as in movies or television) made by a line moving across the screen
:  something (as a towel) used for wiping

Examples of WIPE

  1. With a wipe, the spill was gone.

First Known Use of WIPE


Other Broadcasting Terms

continuity, dissolve, fade, feed, remote, residual, spike


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