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Line breaks: whiffle|tree
Pronunciation: /ˈwɪf(ə)ltriː

Definition of whiffletree in English:


North American
A swingletree.
Example sentences
  • The invention of the horse shoe, the whiffletree, and the spring carriage made travel easier.
  • I had to get out and let the whiffletrees loose, then the team managed to get out on solid ground.
  • This works something like a hollow auger; it is used for cutting tenons on poles, shafts, whiffletrees, etc.


mid 19th century: variant of whippletree.

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