whiplash

noun
whip·lash | \ˈhwip-ˌlash, ˈwip-\

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

And North Korea will not get whiplash from a change in administration. Anna Fifield, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s Iran decision won’t stop North Korea talks, but it might raise the price," 9 May 2018 And North Korea will not get whiplash from a change in administration. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Trump's Iran decision won’t stop North Korea talks, but it might raise the price," 9 May 2018 Trinity was in a neck brace, diagnosed with whiplash and a concussion. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "The semi crushed the car. Trinity Brady screamed 'I want my mom.' Then, the phone died.," 29 Jan. 2018 Gander is also about to be smacked with some weather whiplash over the next day. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "It’s nearly July, but this Canadian city just woke up to snow," 26 June 2018 The driver who was sitting in the firetruck when it was hit suffered a minor injury consistent with whiplash, according to the report, while Lommatzch broke her ankle. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Police report says Tesla on Autopilot sped up, didn't warn driver before hitting parked firetruck," 26 May 2018 His passenger was diagnosed with a concussion and whiplash, according to the complaint. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police sergeant charged in off-duty drunken-driving crash with city water truck," 15 May 2018 Samuels was also diagnosed with whiplash and a mild concussion. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Monique Samuels Denies Drinking Problem After Falling Asleep at the Wheel and Crashing Car," 14 May 2018 In October, Fiat Chrysler separately recalled more than 700,000 sport-utility vehicles with a brake defect and nearly 470,000 sedans and SUVs that can fail to deploy safety restraints designed to prevent whiplash in crashes. Mike Spector, WSJ, "Cruise-Control Glitch Makes Fiat Chrysler No. 1 in Recalls," 21 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'whiplash.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of whiplash

circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about whiplash

Statistics for whiplash

Last Updated

2 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for whiplash

The first known use of whiplash was circa 1580

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for whiplash

whiplash

noun

English Language Learners Definition of whiplash

: an injury to the neck that is caused by a sudden backward movement of the head

whiplash

noun
whip·lash | \ˈhwip-ˌlash, ˈwip- \

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)

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on whiplash

What made you want to look up whiplash? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

lying above or upon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!