whip·pet | \ ˈhwi-pət , ˈwi- \

Definition of whippet 

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

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From a dead stop, a whippet can reach nearly 35 miles per hour in seconds. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Meet Spitty, the Whippet Who Holds Five World Records," 22 June 2018 From a dead stop, a whippet can reach nearly 35 miles per hour in seconds. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, "This Whippet Is One of the World's Great Athletes," 18 June 2018 And in the process, Tony Bourdain — a whippet-thin 6-foot-4 who could pass for Jerry Orbach’s rakish, much younger brother — has become a celebrity chef: Book tour. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Anthony Bourdain: He didn't set out to be a celebrity," 8 June 2018 He was predeceased by his parents, O.D. Smith and Lavera Stark, younger brother David, and beloved whippet Cybil. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Randle Douglas Smith," 13 Mar. 2018 With television cameras beaming the final moments across live television, the judge paced the floor in Birmingham, eyeing the contestants one last time, then threw a finger at Tease, a sleek two-and-a-half year old whippet. Kyle Swenson, Washington Post, "Britain’s fanciest dog show had just named its ‘best in show.’ Then PETA struck.," 12 Mar. 2018 However, the second came courtesy of whippet Nathan Redmond, who is not really known for his strength, in fact, quite the opposite. SI.com, "Do You Even Lift? Chelsea Fans Slam Alvaro Morata After Weak Southampton Showing," 18 Dec. 2017 The world record — set five years ago by a whippet named Cochiti in Washington state — is 31 feet. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ranch gives diving dogs a place to soar," 12 Oct. 2017 Doxie racing first started in Australia, just for fun, in the 1970s along with whippet and afghan hound racing. Patsy Miller, star-telegram, "Go Dog Go," 25 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of whippet

1610, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for whippet

probably from whip entry 1

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The first known use of whippet was in 1610

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English Language Learners Definition of whippet

: a small, fast dog that is used for racing

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