wipe·​out | \ ˈwīp-ˌau̇t How to pronounce wipeout (audio) \

Definition of wipeout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of wiping out : complete or utter destruction
2 : a fall or crash caused usually by losing control
3 : a total or decisive defeat : drubbing

wipe out

wiped out; wiping out; wipes out

Definition of wipe out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to destroy completely : annihilate

intransitive verb

: to fall or crash usually as a result of losing control

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Examples of wipeout in a Sentence


The surfer had a nasty wipeout.


he didn't get his gambling under control until he had already wiped out his entire life savings

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Commenting on Nancy Pelosi’s effort to be elected speaker of the House—now controlled by the Democrats after the Republicans lost at least 38 seats, including close to complete wipeouts in New Jersey and Southern California—Mr. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Trump Ridicules Republicans," 28 Nov. 2018 His arsenal includes a 93- to 95-mph fastball, a wipeout slider and an improved changeup. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Names to watch: Breaking down the Mariners’ Top 15 prospects for 2019," 27 Mar. 2019 Kirk Ziegler, a North Shore lifeguard, tells SELF that, to his knowledge, rock running became popular around the 90s as a way for surfers to simulate (and train for) the stress of being held underwater during a wipeout. Amy Marturana, SELF, "I Tried Underwater Rock Running, the Endurance Workout Surfers Swear By," 28 Feb. 2019 Unlike wakeboarding, where a rider is strapped onto a short board and pulled behind a boat at speeds of up to 20 mph, wakesurfing allows the boat and rider to go slowly enough to make wipeouts easier on the body. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "It’s Surfing, Without the Hard Spills—And in Wisconsin," 4 Aug. 2018 And mainstream media breathlessly declaring last night's election results are a total wipeout for the president. Fox News, "Jay Sekulow: Mueller investigation needs to end 'very soon'," 9 Aug. 2018 In the race for the House, both sides acknowledge the prospect of a wipeout-style wave is shrinking. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "Senate slipping away as Dems fight to preserve blue wave," 23 Oct. 2018 From Greg Brady’s surfing wipeout on The Brady Bunch to Joey falling for a hula dancer on Full House, depictions of Hawaii in popular culture have typically ranged from brainless to downright offensive. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "I Took My Daughter to Hawaii to Teach Her How to Be a Better Traveler," 1 Aug. 2018 Knievel suffered numerous injuries as a result of the crash; though ironically the wild wipeout raised his profile like nothing had before. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, "Travis Pastrana nails 3 iconic Evel Knievel stunts in tribute show in Las Vegas," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This is too early for megalodon to have been wiped out during the same mass extinction that took out many other marine species, so there must have been a different cause. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Prehistoric Megalodon Shark May Have Been Killed Off by the Great White," 14 Feb. 2019 The advance is a marked turnaround from the final months of 2018, when tumbling technology shares wiped out trillions... Akane Otani, WSJ, "How Big Tech Has Powered Global Stocks," 10 Mar. 2019 Spring Lauren Beukes next book is set in a near-future America that has dealt with an epidemic that wiped out most of the male population. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books we’re looking forward to in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 Hurricane Michael, a category 4 storm that claimed the lives of at least 13 people, wiped out crops all over the southeast of Georgia. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "Hurricane Michael Completely Destroys Crops on Georgia Farms," 12 Oct. 2018 Wall Street reacted by pushing shares down 14 percent, wiping out more than $25 billion in market cap. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Netflix’s stock crash won’t make the Big Media moguls feel any better," 17 July 2018 Tilcon is willing to relocate box turtles and other species whose habitats would be damaged or wiped out, according to Lenard. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "Residents Slam Tilcon Gravel Plan, But New Britain Supports It," 26 June 2018 Over the past week, the lava erupting from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano fissures advanced through two small residential subdivisions along Kapoho Bay, reaching the Pacific Ocean, and wiping out nearly a hundred homes. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Photo Updates From Kilauea: Dozens More Homes Destroyed," 6 June 2018 Instead, with Howard County schools closed Wednesday due to the winter storm, a full slate of games in boys and girls lacrosse, as well as softball, baseball, tennis and track and field were wiped out. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Snow wipes out opening day games for Howard County spring sports," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of wipeout


1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1535, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of wipeout was in 1535

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English Language Learners Definition of wipeout

US : a sudden, violent fall by someone who is riding a bicycle, surfing, skiing, etc.

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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