whip·​py | \ ˈ(h)wi-pē How to pronounce whippy (audio) \
whippier; whippiest

Definition of whippy

1 : unusually resilient : springy a whippy fishing rod
2 : of, relating to, or resembling a whip

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Examples of whippy in a Sentence

the whippy branches of a weeping willow
Recent Examples on the Web Tennis analysts can see that Mr Federer’s whippy forehand and Serena Williams’ punchy backhand are unique, somehow, but struggle to explain why. J.t., The Economist, "Steve Smith’s batting shows that sporting genius can be learned," 17 Aug. 2019 Sage tweaked the composite of its already whippy Konnetic rod technology to transfer energy more efficiently, for faster casting. Outside Online, "The Best Fly-Fishing Rods of 2018," 15 May 2018 Animals that have a long whippy tail tend to have it for sensory purposes. Katy Bergen, kansascity, "KU researcher says 100-million-year-old spider with this odd feature is a missing link," 5 Feb. 2018 With a mix of slice and chips, lobs and bunts, whippy half-volleys and wristy crosscourt ground strokes off both wings, Hsieh pushed Kerber to the extremes and unsettled her rhythm. John Pye, The Seattle Times, "Kerber pulls through a surprising challenge, faces Keys next," 21 Jan. 2018 The result is the most whippy swing through a baseball since Jose Canseco. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "Mid-Year Report: Aaron Judge shines, Cubs flail in homer-happy first half of 2017 season," 5 July 2017

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First Known Use of whippy

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Jan 2020

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“Whippy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whippy. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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