whippet

noun whip·pet \ ˈhwi-pət , ˈwi- \
Updated on: 24 Mar 2018

Definition of whippet

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

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Origin and Etymology of whippet

probably from 1whip


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Definition of whippet for English Language Learners

  • : a small, fast dog that is used for racing



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