whip·​pet | \ ˈ(h)wi-pət How to pronounce whippet (audio) \

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 Diana Lonergan, an estate manager, walked a whippet and an Irish wolfhound along the narrow path between a marsh and the Bay on a warm winter morning. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, "A pandemic side effect: Used masks polluting California coastal waters," 11 Dec. 2020 Bacon, perpetually haunted around the eyes and lean as a whippet, does his best to convey Theo’s mounting dread and confusion as the house around him steadily morphs into some kind of fourth-dimension human flytrap. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Kevin Bacon can't save drab thriller You Should Have Left from itself: Review," 18 June 2020 The queens and the drones, the whippets and the peacocks. Christian Wiman, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Gyms," 18 Mar. 2020 But while a Havanese named Bono caused a stir, and a whippet named Bourbon finished in second place, the day belonged to Siba, a jet black standard poodle who won best in show. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "Setting the Standard at Westminster," 12 Feb. 2020 Bono the Havanese took the toy group, Bourbon the whippet was named top hound, and Conrad the Shetland sheepdog won herding. Jake Seiner, Anchorage Daily News, "Happy meal: Poodle stops for fast food, wins at Westminster," 11 Feb. 2020 Bono the Havanese took the toy group, Bourbon the whippet was named top hound, and Conrad the Shetland sheepdog won herding. CBS News, "Poodle wins group at Westminster dog show after McDonald's snack," 11 Feb. 2020 The other dogs that made the final round were Hound category -- Bourbon, a whippet; Toy -- Bono, a Havanese; Herding -- Conrad, a Shetland sheepdog, Sporting -- Daniel, a golden retriever; Terrier -- Vinny, a wire fox terrier. Steve Almasy, CNN, "Westminster Dog Show's 'Best in Show Award' goes to Siba, a standard poodle," 11 Feb. 2020 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

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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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“Whippet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whippet. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of whippet

: a small, fast dog that is used for racing

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