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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the whippy branches of a weeping willow
Recent Examples on the Web And the rifle runs well from the shoulder, though the fluted 22-inch barrel gave it a slightly whippy feel during our off-hand drills. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "We Tested the Best-Selling Affordable Deer Rifles, Scopes, and Ammo. Here Are Our Top Picks," 6 Nov. 2020 Also of use: A whippy fastball that ranged up to 99 mph on Sunday. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Jonathan Hernandez’s role in Rangers’ bullpen becoming clearer after impressive outing against Giants," 3 Aug. 2020 For instance, some bacteria have flagella, or long, whippy tails rotated by motors. Nicole Yunger Halpern, Scientific American, "Quantum Steampunk: 19th-Century Science Meets Technology of Today," 18 Apr. 2020 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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“Whippy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whippy. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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