Definition of whippet in English:

whippet

Line breaks: whip|pet
Pronunciation: /ˈwɪpɪt
 
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noun

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

Origin

early 17th century: partly from obsolete whippet 'move briskly'.

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