whippet

noun
whip·​pet | \ ˈhwi-pət How to pronounce whippet (audio) , ˈwi- \

Definition of whippet

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

Examples of whippet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Likewise, a woman in Plympton, Massachusetts, is obscured by her whippets and greyhounds. Brian Dillon, The New Yorker, "The Mysterious Relationship Between Pets and Their Owners," 27 Oct. 2019 So what’s sparking joy these days for whippets and Maine coons? Jura Koncius, Twin Cities, "Custom wood kennels, memory foam beds: The wild world of modern pet furniture," 28 July 2019 So what’s sparking joy these days for whippets and Maine coons? Jura Koncius, Washington Post, "Custom wood kennels and memory foam beds: Welcome to the wild world of modern pet furniture," 17 July 2019 So what’s sparking joy these days for whippets and Maine coons? Jura Koncius, Twin Cities, "Custom wood kennels, memory foam beds: The wild world of modern pet furniture," 28 July 2019 So what’s sparking joy these days for whippets and Maine coons? Jura Koncius, BostonGlobe.com, "Custom wood kennels, memory foam beds: The wild world of modern pet furniture," 19 July 2019 So what’s sparking joy these days for whippets and Maine coons? Jura Koncius, Washington Post, "Custom wood kennels and memory foam beds: Welcome to the wild world of modern pet furniture," 17 July 2019 Robert Mapplethorpe captured her luminous beauty, luminously; artist Matthew Carr caught her attenuated whippet limbs. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers Lucy Birley, Who Has Died at 58," 25 July 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

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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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“Whippet.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whippet. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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whippet

noun
How to pronounce whippet (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of whippet

: a small, fast dog that is used for racing

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