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 In 1998, Shubitz’s dog, a whippet named Arrow, was diagnosed with Valley fever. Melina Walling, The Arizona Republic, 10 Nov. 2021 Goodall was sharing the Gothic-style house (built in 1872) with her sister, Judy, Judy’s daughter and grandchildren, and an aging rescue whippet named Bean. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2021 There will be a whippet named Bourbon and a Pekingese named Wasabi. New York Times, 13 June 2021 One is Bourbon the whippet, the prestigious show's runner-up last year and the winner of the huge American Kennel Club National Championship show in December. Jennifer Peltz, Star Tribune, 12 June 2021 And the three family dogs, Etta, a black Labrador, Lola, a miniature Dachshund, and Blossom, an excitable whippet, have the run of the grounds. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2021 Playing on the graceful silhouette of the whippet, these grey bookends are an elegant addition to any shelf. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 4 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 18 June 2020

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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 27 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of whippet

: a small, fast dog that is used for racing

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