Definition of whippet in English:


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  • A dog of a small, slender breed originally produced as a cross between the greyhound and the terrier or spaniel, bred for racing.

    ‘In addition to salukis, eligible breeds are whippets, greyhounds, Afghan hounds, borzois, Ibizan hounds, pharaoh hounds, Irish wolfhounds, and Scottish deerhounds.’
    • ‘There will be three rings at the dog show for greyhounds, lurchers, whippets and any other breeds.’
    • ‘‘I've always loved greyhounds and whippets,’ says Myles, glancing over at his pet's naturally doleful expression.’
    • ‘He spent the early years of his life playing in the bar with a whippet and a greyhound.’
    • ‘Mrs Yacoby-Wright and her mother Eva breed whippets and own seven dogs between them.’
    • ‘He had an abundance of dogs which he raised and trained, including lurchers, spaniels, Labradors, Jack Russells and whippets.’
    • ‘Some underfeed their whippets, lurchers, or greyhounds, because they mistakenly think these breeds are meant to be stick-thin.’
    • ‘Manchester Dogs' Home is seeking an owner for Murphy, a cross whippet.’
    • ‘Several of the dogs and Monty were given oxygen therapy, but one dog, a whippet called Smokey, died after inhaling too much smoke.’
    • ‘You can equate it with the size, say, of a whippet, a dog.’
    • ‘It is pretty well understood that both whippets and setters/pointers were used in the early development of the breed.’
    • ‘I was still able to get a flavour of the place through my meetings with animals such as Trixie the eight-year-old whippet cross, with whom I struck up an immediate friendship.’
    • ‘As the fisherman approaches, the falconer's spaniels look enquiringly at each other, and his whippet, all four paws at attention, stares respectfully at such an admirable salmon.’
    • ‘She was on her way to an important business meeting and was dressed to impress when the whippet cross ran out in front of her car in Shannon Way.’
    • ‘Prouty, who breeds and shows Australian shepherds, had given the whippet's future plenty of thought by this point.’
    • ‘It was the perfect setting for dogs - and Myles's first choice was whippets.’
    • ‘Much of the population is daft about dogs and there are not many whippets here so people stop us in the street.’
    • ‘People across the country might reckon we all go about with cloth caps and whippets but Yorkshire is a very beautiful county and perhaps we should be shouting about how wonderful the natural landscape is.’
    • ‘We were going very slow, so we were passed by a number of speedy, whippets who were clearly treating this as a slightly longer-than-usual training run.’
    • ‘Up here in the frozen North it is grim, nothing but cloth caps, whippets and warm beer.’



/ˈ(h)wipət/ /ˈ(h)wɪpət/


Early 17th century partly from obsolete whippet ‘move briskly’.