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wipe

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verb \ˈwīp\

Simple Definition of wipe

  • : 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

wipedwip·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 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>

  3. 2 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>

  4. 3 :  to spread by or as if by wiping

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to make a motion of or as if of wiping something

wipe one's boots on
  1. :  to treat with indignity

wipe the floor with or wipe the ground with
  1. :  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


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wipe

noun

Simple Definition of 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

  1. 1 a :  blow, strike b :  jeer, gibe

  2. 2 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

  3. 3 :  something (as a towel) used for wiping

Examples of wipe

  1. With a wipe, the spill was gone.



1550

First Known Use of wipe

1550

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