Meaning of whiplash in English:


Pronunciation /ˈwɪplaʃ/

Translate whiplash into Spanish


  • 1The flexible part of a whip or something resembling it.

    1. 1.1Used with reference to something resembling a blow with a whip.
      • ‘he cringed before the icy whiplash of Curtis's tongue’
  • 2mass noun Injury caused by a severe jerk to the head, typically in a car accident.

    ‘suffering from whiplash, he spent weeks with his neck in a collar’
    • ‘A paramedic was taken to hospital suffering from whiplash when his ambulance hit the ‘intelligent’ rising bollard in Stonebow.’
    • ‘Mrs Townsend, 58, received severe whiplash and other injuries in the accident last July while driving a delivery van for Cafco Automotive, New Milton.’
    • ‘The central focus of the book relates to the author's work with motor vehicle accident victims suffering with whiplash and post-concussion syndrome.’
    • ‘A 4x4 vehicle hit the side of the car containing the pregnant woman, who was taken to hospital suffering from severe whiplash and bruising.’
    • ‘He spent seven weeks in hospital and his wife received severe whiplash and internal injuries.’
    • ‘Firefighters cut the 44-year-old free from the crushed vehicle and he was treated for severe whiplash and back injuries at the Great Western Hospital.’
    • ‘The driver of the BMW, a 51-year-old from Melksham, was also taken to hospital suffering from whiplash and shock.’
    • ‘The first followed a head on collision with a bus, where she had to be cut out of the car and fortunately her only injury was severe whiplash.’
    • ‘She escaped with severe bruising and whiplash while her sister Pauline, 21, had fractures to an arm, a foot and a cheekbone.’
    • ‘Car accidents, excessive head contact in sports, severe whiplash, falls, and blows to the head may all cause concussions.’
    • ‘Correctly adjusted headrests can significantly reduce the injury from whiplash and should be installed onto car seats wherever possible.’
    • ‘In January this year, a paramedic was taken to hospital with whiplash when his ambulance hit the bollard as the vehicle sped to a 999 call.’
    • ‘Dave Miller will welcome back striker Kenny Smith, who was rested for Tuesday's President's Cup win after suffering whiplash in a road accident.’
    • ‘Rob Smith from East Mount Road said he started swimming to help him with serious back problems after suffering whiplash in a car accident.’
    • ‘You do have a severe case of whiplash, and, unfortunately, you're going to have to be in a neck brace for a while.’
    • ‘In other patients, he discovers a spinal injury, such as whiplash, occurred before the onset of symptoms.’
    • ‘The children, pupils of William Harrison School and Beckett School in Gainsborough, were treated for minor injuries, such as whiplash, at Lincoln County Hospital.’
    • ‘All SBS cases had a clinical history of whiplash shaking of the head and had autopsy findings of subdural, subarachnoid, and bilateral retinal hemorrhages.’
    • ‘On Monday a man was taken to hospital with facial injuries and whiplash after the bollard rose in front of his car.’
    • ‘One officer was taken to Stepping Hill Hospital for head injuries and whiplash.’


  • 1with object Jerk or jolt (someone or something) suddenly, typically so as to cause injury.

    ‘the force of impact had whiplashed the man's head’
    • ‘When back-to-back hurricanes whiplashed the African island nation of Madagascar in February and March of 2000, Karen Freudenberger thought the Fianarantsoa Côte Est railroad may have reached the end of its line.’
    • ‘The listener is then whiplashed into a wall of Nirvana-esque fuzz guitar that begs to be moshed to.’
    • ‘Imagine coming down with 260 pounds on your shoulders, and I'm following it with the momentum, and whiplashing myself down into him.’
    • ‘Four years ago back-to-back cyclones whiplashed Madagascar over a two-month span.’
  • 2no object, with adverbial of direction Move suddenly and forcefully, like a whip being cracked.

    ‘he rammed the yacht, sending its necklace of lights whiplashing from the bridge’
    • ‘Finally, amethyst light whiplashed around the two of them, preventing them from moving.’
    • ‘Strands of the light whiplashed round the mindscape, and the blue flame recoiled.’
    • ‘Kate's head whiplashed to the left as her body went right.’
    • ‘As we towed a glider, the nylon rope broke and whiplashed into our plane, damaging the rudder.’
    • ‘Quarter heard the impact as his face was whiplashed to the side.’